A landmark court ruling in the U.S. holding Monsanto liable for causing cancer through its glyphosate-based weedkiller is adding fuel to the fire of a years long battle over the product’s future in Europe.
Debate over the safety of glyphosate has waged across the Continent’s agriculture sector since 2015, when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that glyphosate “probably” causes cancer, in contrast to the European Food Safety Authority’s finding the same year that it is “unlikely” to do so.
[The verdict] triggered a wave of reactions from European leaders, political parties and the head of the European Parliament’s special committee on the EU’s pesticide authorization process, who called for a ban on glyphosate once and for all in Europe. The question now for Europe is how the verdict affects the political debate about the substance less than a year after the EU approved its use for another five years.
“We must fight the invasion of this substance in our market, a threat that exists due to monstrous commercial agreements signed only in the name of profit,” Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on his Facebook page ….
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