German politics threaten EU approval of glyphosate

Screen Shot at PM

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.

German government squabbling could see the world’s best-selling weedkiller off the shelves, force farmers to scramble for alternatives and land the European Commission in court.

It’s all part of a row over glyphosate . . . .

Its license for use in Europe is up for renewal but environmental groups want it banned after seizing on comments from a World Health Organization panel report that suggested it is a “probable” cause of cancer.

ADVERTISEMENT

. . . .

Glyphosate’s EU authorization expires on June 30. . . . After fights with the European Parliament, . . . officials came up with a last-ditch compromise — a one- to two-year renewal period.

Related article:  Computer scientist Stephanie Seneff’s latest bizarre claim: GMOs cause concussions

But hours before member countries had to submit a response to the European Commission’s plan, Germany’s environment minister issued a statement making her position clear.

“NEIN,” began a long statement issued on [May 24] by Barbara Hendricks, a member of the Social Democratic Party [SDP]. . .

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

. . . .

. . . . If . . . glyphosate is banned, the Commission’s fear is a multi-million euro lawsuit from industry.

German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt, of the Christian Social Union. . . backs the renewal and accused the SPD of putting politics over science.

Read full, original post: How German politics pushed Roundup into the weeds

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
GLP Podcasts
Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

More than 2.8 million people have lost their lives due to the pandemic, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend