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Austria could be first EU state to prohibit glyphosate use as weed killer ban advances through parliament

| | July 3, 2019
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Austria’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on [July 2] banning all uses of the weedkiller glyphosate, the first time a European Union country has taken such strong action against the chemical over concerns that it can cause cancer.

Other EU countries have passed partial bans of glyphosate, developed by Bayer-owned Monsanto, although France has lowered its ambitions on a ban, highlighting its usefulness in agriculture. Austria has embraced organic farming more than other EU member state.

“The scientific evidence of the plant poison’s carcinogenic effect is increasing. It is our responsibility to ban this poison from our environment,” the leader of Austria’s Social Democrats, Pamela Rendi-Wagner, said in a statement.

The far-right Freedom Party and liberal Neos party also backed the bill. If the small upper house raises no objection, as appears likely, the bill will become law once it is signed President Alexander Van der Bellen, a former leader of the Greens, who have no seats in parliament.

Read full, original article: Austrian parliament backs EU’s first total ban of weedkiller glyphosate

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