EU blocks Austria’s planned glyphosate ban, rejecting claim that weedkiller harms human health

ban roundup

The European Commission has blocked Austria from implementing a planned ban on the controversial weedkiller glyphosate, a document seen by POLITICO shows.

Brussels deems Vienna’s bid to ban the herbicide over concerns about its impact on human health and the environment as incompatible with EU law, according to a letter sent by the Commission’s Director General for the Internal Market Kerstin Jorna to Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, dated August 17.

“In an area governed by directly applicable EU law, member states may not adopt national provisions that would affect the correct and full application of EU law,” the letter states.

Three months ago, Vienna notified Brussels of its intention to ban glyphosate …. But the Commission rejected …. claims the substance poses a risk to groundwater and human health, and saying that problems linking pesticides to biodiversity decline were not unique to Austria.

Related article:  Glyphosate can cure cancer? Yes, some research 'shows' that -- but what does it mean? And what does it say about Roundup doomsday claims?

Read the original post (Behind paywall)

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
Infographic: What are mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and how do they work?

Infographic: What are mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and how do they work?

As of 1 December 2020, thirteen vaccines have reached the final stage of testing: where they are being given to ...

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend