Major concerns now hang over the future use of glyphosate in the EU with the move by France not to back its reauthorisation, warned EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan.
The European Commission has proposed extending approval by 10 years for glyphosate, which is a key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller. However, it has stressed that it wants support from member states to renew the licence in the coming months.
“I’m very concerned at the moment, particularly with the recent announcement by France that an essential product like glyphosate which deals with weeds will not be available,” said Mr Hogan as he gave a keynote address at the ASA future of agri-food conference.
“We want member states to come forward and support the science-based recommendation of Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis and ensure the continuation of glyphosate for the next 10 years. It is too important for agriculture – and for urban dwellers as well who haven’t access to alternative problems in relation to weeds in their gardens either.”
He pointed out that in general there is “big pressure” to reduce all inputs in agriculture, from fertilizers to all types of chemicals.
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