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EU health commissioner: Anti-vaccine, glyphosate ‘conspiracy theories’ threaten Europe with ‘new middle ages’

| | June 10, 2019

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Vytenis Andriukaitis. Image: AFP/Scanpix)

Europe’s Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on [June 7] warned that conspiracy theories were winning the argument against science in Europe.

With only a few months left until retirement, the Lithuanian commissioner chose to deliver a blistering attack against the anti-vaccination movement and countries that “played games” with public fears over pesticides.

Andriukaitis oversaw the EU’s re-authoritzation of glyphosate, the world’s most-used herbicide, in 2017. He said: “I see good newspapers, Le Monde for example, and their debates about glyphosate. We sent [them information] several times to explain the reality [but] it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t work.”

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French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed banning the weedkiller in France in 2021, before its next EU-wide license renewal is due. But Andriukaitis challenged Macron to produce the science that would back up this decision.

Read full, original article: EU health chief warns of ‘new middle ages’ in attitudes to science (Behind Paywall)

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