The beginning of the end for glyphosate?

Thursday, August 18, 2016
By Paul Martin
Thursday, August 18, 2016

The European Parliament just voted to re-authorise glyphosate, writes Peter Melchett – but with significant restrictions on its use. So what does the vote mean for the world’s biggest selling herbicide? And how come the UK’s National Farmers’ Union welcomed the decision as an unqualified victory?

(Article by Peter Melchett, republished from

The European Parliament voted in favour of re-authorising the use of glyphosate – but crucially, qualified this approval with a number of significant restrictions.

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely sold weed-killer – most commonly sold as Monsanto’s Roundup. For decades it has been claimed to be completely safe by the pesticide industry and its supporters.

But there’s a growing body of evidence of the dangers of glyphosate, beginning with the IARC’s warning that it is a probable human carcinogen. The Soil Association believes it should be banned altogether.

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