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Austria is set to become the first EU country to completely ban the toxic chemical glyphosate. We urge the European Commission to resist Bayer-Monsanto’s lobbyists, uphold Austria’s ban, respect all EU countries’ right to ban pesticides, and to prepare an EU-wide glyphosate ban.

Why is this important?

The scientific evidence of glyphosate’s carcinogenic effect is increasing. Already in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” [1] And more recently, a review of existing studies from the University of Washington found that exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of cancer by 41 percent. [2] They noted that a “compelling link” exists between exposure to glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The pesticide industry and giants like Bayer-Monsanto continue to maintain that glyphosate is safe. [3] However, US litigation has brought to light evidence of how they manipulated the scientific debate and misled the public over glyphosate’s dangers. In 2017 when the EU made a decision to prolong glyphosate license for 5 years until 2022, it based its decision on an assessment that included text that was copied and pasted directly from the application dossier submitted by Monsanto, without attribution. [4]

The Austrian Parliament is set to take the pioneering step to be the first EU country to completely ban glyphosate. [4] Austria’s historic ban could finally prove to be the catalyst that accelerates an EU-wide ban to remove glyphosate from our food supply.

The EU Commission and EU countries now have until 29 November 2019 to comment on Austria’s ban. Bayer-Monsanto and its powerful lobby are gearing up to get the EU to strike down the Austrian law. They claim that the ban is “‘inconsistent with mandatory legal and procedural requirements and scientific reasoning.” [5]

The problem with Bayer-Monsanto’s claim is that the EU’s approval of glyphosate was based on plagiarised Monsanto text, and scientific evidence demonstrates that exposure to glyphosate likely increases the risk of cancer. Moreover, when the Commision was trying to get EU countries to approve a new license for glyphosate in 2017, it already told them that they could ban glyphosate individually if they wanted! [6]

The European Commission should ignore Bayer-Monsanto’s lobbyists and ensure that Europeans are not exposed to potentially carcinogenic chemicals. If the Commission upholds Austria’s ban, many other EU countries could follow suit. If together we force the EU to respect the ban, we could be closer than ever to a glyphosate-free future for all of Europe.

Let’s tell the Commission to respect Austria’s and all EU countries’ right to ban pesticides, and to prepare an EU-wide glyphosate ban.


References:

  1. https://www.iarc.fr/featured-news/media-centre-iarc-news-glyphosate/
  2. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/14/health/us-glyphosate-cancer-study-scli-intl/index.html
  3. https://www.dw.com/en/austrian-parliament-votes-to-ban-glyphosate-weedkiller/a-49450418
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/15/eu-glyphosate-approval-was-based-on-plagiarised-monsanto-text-report-finds
  5. https://www.wsj.com/articles/austrian-herbicide-ban-adds-to-problems-for-roundup-owner-bayer-11562087770
  6. https://ec.europa.eu/germany/news/hintergrund-fragen-und-antworten-zu-einer-m%C3%B6glichen-neuzulassung-von-glyphosat_de
    https://fr.news.yahoo.com/glyphosate-france-autoris%C3%A9e-%C3%A0-prendre-mesures-dinterdiction-154014834.html?guccounter=2

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