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Greece approves glyphosate herbicide for 5 years, reversing prior position supporting rejection by EU

The Greek ministry of agriculture officially approved on Tuesday (6 March) the re-authorisation of the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, Monsanto’s Roundup, which contains controversial chemical substance glyphosate.

According to the decision, the authorisation to place the product on the market is granted from 6 March 2018 until 15 December 2023.

Greece was among the nine member states that opposed the EU’s plan to re-authorise glyphosate during a crucial vote last year. The reapproval was ultimately endorsed by a qualified majority thanks to Germany, which had previously abstained.

EURACTIV has learned that [France] is willing to conduct a scientific research on glyphosate’s alternatives as well as provide additional data confirming that glyphosate’s use should come to an end at the end of the 5-year re-extension.

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It is not yet clear whether these countries have asked for EU funding to do this research.

Sources explained that the reservations about glyphosate are not only limited to the health and environment aspects but also to its actual effectiveness, as in Greece, for instance, the chemical substance is not suitable for the rocky soil morphology and other chemical substances are needed.

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3 thoughts on “Greece approves glyphosate herbicide for 5 years, reversing prior position supporting rejection by EU”

    • …and your suggestion would be wrong.

      Glyphosate has been used since the mid 70’s, but resistant crops were only released in the mid 90’s. So what were farmers using it for?

      The same thing that European farmers are using it for today. It’s a herbicide, and it is used in order to control weed growth. The only difference is that, with non-resistant crop varieties, the application generally needs to happen before the crops sprout, or near the end of the growing season, where it is used as a desiccant to speed up dry down.

      • Hi, thanks for your comment. Sorry for not having been clear enough in my post.

        I just suggest that the picture with this article is not a good choice, as there are no round-up ready plants used in Greece or the EU.*

        And the pic shows:
        either no Glyphosate application at all = wrong choice of pic;
        or a Glyphosate application on soy beans or similar, but this cannot be in Greece = wrong choice of pic

        That is all my comment is about.
        I often see wrong pics used in the conventional media to topics, indicating they don’t understand or care what the articles are about – and here on this site, which I am a supporter of, I know that they understand and care what their articles are about. Thus my constructive critique.

        *GM maize is planted in Spain, not sure is it Bt-Maize only, or do they use a round-up ready variety, too.

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