France, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands Rebel Against Relicensing of Monsanto’s Glyphosate

by | March 7, 2016


A number of European Union member countries are rebelling against the European Commission’s plans to approve the relicensing of glyphosate.

The Guardian reported that experts from the EU’s 28 member states are scheduled to vote on relicensing glyphosate on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels, however the vote may be postponed due to reservations that several EU countries have over glyphosate’s health risks.

Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto‘s top-selling weedkiller Roundup, was classified by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a “possible carcinogen” last March, whereas the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) put out their own report in November, concluding that that glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.”

France, The Netherlands, Sweden and Italy have raised concerns about the herbicide and have pushed against relicensing.

French Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal urges for an outright ban on glyphosate herbicides across the EU, basing the decision over the IARC’s findings.

Similarly, The Guardian quoted Swedish environment minister Åsa Romson saying, “We won’t take risks with glyphosate and we don’t think that the analysis done so far is good enough. We will propose that no decision is taken until further analysis has been done and the EFSA scientists have been more transparent about their considerations.”

“We are raising concerns because our citizens are raising concerns,” Romson added. “They want to feel safe and secure with food and production in our society.”

The Netherlands also called for a postponement of the EU-wide decision with Marcel van Beusekom, a spokesman for the Netherlands agriculture ministry, commenting, “If there is no possibility to postpone the vote, then we will vote against the proposal.”

Commission officials told The Guardian that a vote would not go ahead if support for relicensing continued to erode.

“If we see that many states want to think it over or there is a growing [opposition], if there is not a qualified majority, I doubt that it will be put to a vote,” one official said. “The ball is in the member states’ court.”

Licensing for glyphosate ends in June and the European Commission is proposing to grant the herbicide a new 15-year lease.

This move by France and their EU partners is a major blow to Monsanto and other large pesticide companies “which rely on glyphosate-based herbicides for a large percentage of their global profits,” Sustainable Pulse wrote.

Indeed, as EcoWatch reported last month, glyphosate is now the “most widely applied pesticide worldwide.” The paper, Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally, revealed that since 1974, when Roundup was first commercially sold, more than 1.6 billion kilograms (or 3.5 billion pounds) of glyphosate has been used in the U.S., making up 19 percent of the 8.6 billion kilograms (or 18.9 billion pounds) of glyphosate used around the world.

The substance is so widely used that it is commonly found in British bread, German beer and the urine of people in 18 countries across Europe, The Guardian said, adding that the chemical is banned or restricted in large parts of Europe because of alleged links to health problems such as birth defects, kidney failure, celiac disease, colitis and autism.

The contradictory conclusions from THE IARC and EFSA regarding the potential carcinogenicity of glyphosate spurred 96 prominent scientists from 25 countries to write a letter in strong opposition to the EFSA report.

In addition, nearly 1.5 million people petitioning the EU’s health commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, for a ban on the substance, Sustainable Pulse reported.

According to The Guardian, “an EFSA panel based its recommendation that glyphosate was safe enough for a new lease of life on six industry-funded studies that have not been fully published.”

This video from the Corporate Europe Observatory, a non-profit corporate lobbying research group, alleges that Big Food corporations and biotech companies, including Monsanto, might have intimate ties with EFSA:


Environmental group Greenpeace has spoken out against the potential relicensing of glyphosate in Europe.

“EU governments seem more concerned about maintaining today’s destructive agricultural practices than protecting the health of people and the environment,” Greenpeace EU food policy director Franziska Achterberg said in a statement. “For a long time, glyphosate was thought to be safe. Now more and more scientific evidence tells us that it’s a serious threat to our health and the environment. Ignoring this evidence for another 15 years will cost us dearly. Europe needs an exit strategy from chemical pesticides and a move towards ecological farming.”

Global food advocacy nonprofit Slow Food is also demanding European governments reject the re-approval of glyphosate.

“There’s no room for compromise,” Carlo Petrini, Slow Food International president, said in a statement. “We have to decide whether the future of food is to be in the hands of the chemical industry with its promises to feed the planet—which, judging from the hundreds of thousands of tons of glyphosate sold every year, is a guise for evident economic interests—or of a policy that has the health of consumers and environmental welfare at heart.”

Monsanto is facing slumping profits and a slew of lawsuits alleging that exposure to glyphosate causes cancer. The St. Louis-based biotech giant maintains the safety of their flagship product and the chemical, and has demanded the World Health Organization retract their report.







4 Responses to “France, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands Rebel Against Relicensing of Monsanto’s Glyphosate”

  1. Nicky says:

    I would love to say better late than never. Spoke with an Poker buddy about the revelations The Russia Today programme brought to light on Glyphosate/Round up and genetically modified crops that produce the stuff causing infertility in milk producing cattle. His Ex works with an UK department, They have been unsucessful in finding ways to remove the stuff from our drinking water supply after 4 to 5 years of trying.
    Encouraging as this is the problem will not be going away anytime soon. Even if we stop right now. And get the evil concoctions taken off the shelves and set up ways to get it taken out of the publics hands safely. We are now tasked with removng the crap already out there. Maybe Governments could grow a pair and start sueing Monsanto and all those responsible for screwing up all Life on Earth and get those pots of trillions they have sequestrated immediately and then put it to use clearing up the mess. Before the food chain totally collapses in on us. Employ the unemployed with it in a vast worldwide clear up programme. I know this kind of chatter can get one killed but hey. go for it. See you on the other side. Or maybe not. I am not planning on going to Hell if I can help it.

    • I dont see how typing common.sense like this Nicky, can get one killed. We have a right to call out these evil bas tards doing all this to our food supply.
      They expect to do all this, then we are scared to discuss what theyre doing? F*ck them. We are onto you khazarian neanderthals with a massive inferiority complex that you werent the Chosen anglo saxon celtic bloodline. Do you hear that Gates?

      Btw no offence intended on my maharishi wording on being restrained against his will from returni.g to india etc. I didnt realise they tried poisoning him. Wonder how well and long lived hed be if they hadnt

      • Nicky says:

        The miracle is that He survived at all Adam.
        Then there is this:
        Even this is not entirely accurate to the tale I heard told. Maharishi in refering to the Beatles as Angels went more along the lines of – how could I be angry with angels, The crime rate dropped on them visiting the USA was part of that tale and the reason I heard he refered to them as Angels.
        They also got back together for a benefit concert to raise funds for the Natural Law Party, Which along with Dr Fagan brought to light the Dangers of GM crops that we are now facing the consequences of in the mass die offs across many species due to that. Nicotinamides. Well they are a distraction from the Glyphosate/round up type products and fertility issues humans and cattle and just about everything else are currently suffering from.
        The Press all bar one paper that I can recall failed to report on the Beatles getting back together minus John Lennon but plus his son. And even then it was way past the election before that article surfaced.
        They still try to paint falsehoods on the Maharishi and the good works done in the name of Guru Dev on a regular basis so I would suggest exercising caution when coming across negative articles on the Tm movement and MAP. Even David Icke got it wrong on the Maharishi so I take his stories with some caution.
        Goes to show how easy it is to be led astray. I myself fell for the anti Gaddaffi Propoganda the Beeb puked out and regret that. They would do better to sticking to nature programs. That said they did slip out the Dr’s petition to get Israeli doctors struck off for torturing palestinians a few weeks back. Before getting closed down sharpish and an holocaust plugging Jewess on the news demanding the holocaust story get more attention in our Brit schools the very next day.

      • Nicky says:

        Just read some of that Deepak article. It suggests some underhand undermining of Deepak. Given that Guru Dev a revered saint that reestablished the Jyottir Math Throne was also administered poison one can discount the lack of reverence afforded Maharishi by some Brahmins in some articles for succombing to poisoning given the fact that the one delivering it may not be aware of the fact it is poison. What has shocked me is the levels of greed and stupidity and how easy folk are conditioned time and time again to do evil things to good people based on false testimony. An aspect of Kali yug I guess. Now we know water has memory we can assume Karma was shared during Deepak and Maharishi’s Blood transfusion which would explain his weakened condition after that.
        It is most likely why evil prefers Babies blood when doing it’s foul practices also. That said the price for that. Oh my. The price for messing with that is just to horrendous to comprehend. Putting it in the food chain as well. Yuk. I am so glad I have not been born amongst such a tribe or practitioners of that. Silence. Achieving silence. Being still. It is the only way I have found to undo the harm. God Bless Maharishi and Guru Dev. I want this pacemaker out of me.

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