brussels - The European Commission this week to extend the authorization of glyphosate eighteen months. That EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety vytenis andriukaitis Tuesday announced after a meeting of European agriculture ministers in Luxembourg.
The authorization of glyphosate expires at the end of this month. The Commission tried for months to again permit the commonly used raw material in herbicides, first for fifteen years later for shorter periods, but they never found enough support among the Member States. On Friday they made a vain attempt to rally the Member States after a temporary license for eighteen months.
In the absence of unanimity among the Member States ultimately come to the Commission to make a decision. Andriukaitis said moreover,, to be very surprised that the 'Member States have not reached agreement.
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Foodwatch Netherlands and Greenpeace are disappointed in the Commission's decision.,, The decision is not in the interest of consumers and contrary to the precautionary principle as enshrined in European legislation. That requires that as long as there is scientific uncertainty as to the safety, it should be granted a new license, '' said Food Watch.
Herman van Bekkem, campaign manager at Greenpeace Agriculture, finds it bizarre that this decision is simply pushed through by the Commission.,, The ball is now in the Dutch government. It would use by individuals and the death spraying crops for harvest- in view of the high risk for human exposure- should be banned priority. ''