Glyphosate scandal exposes need to ‘regulate the regulators’, says IUF

The campaign to stop glyphosate reauthorisation in the European Union failed, “but it succeeded brilliantly in exposing the agrochemical industry’s grip on the regulatory agencies tasked with protecting public health and the environment,” global food and farming union IUF has said. An IUF briefing notes: “In the wake of the Monsanto Papers revelations and effective … Continue reading Glyphosate scandal exposes need to ‘regulate the regulators’, says IUF

Glyphosate cancer risk confirmed in new study

A new scientific analysis of the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate herbicides, the most widely used weed killing products in the world, has found that people with high exposures have a 41 per cent increased risk of developing a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The evidence “supports a compelling link” between exposures to glyphosate-based herbicides … Continue reading Glyphosate cancer risk confirmed in new study

EU glyphosate reprieve based on report that used Monsanto text

European regulators based a decision to relicense the controversial weedkiller glyphosate on an assessment large sections of which were lifted directly from industry documents, according to a report for the European parliament. A crossparty group of MEPs commissioned an investigation into claims that Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) copy-and-pasted tracts from studies by … Continue reading EU glyphosate reprieve based on report that used Monsanto text

Monsanto guilty of ‘malice or oppression’ in concealing glyphosate risks

A California jury has found Monsanto guilty of concealing the dangers of glyphosate, the world’s most widely-applied herbicide, and awarded a terminally ill schools groundskeeper total damages of US$289 million. The unprecedented 10 August 2018 verdict delivered by the San Francisco, California jury in favour of Dewayne Johnson, 46, will weigh heavily on the more … Continue reading Monsanto guilty of ‘malice or oppression’ in concealing glyphosate risks

Weedkiller glyphosate gets a five-year Euro reprieve

European Union countries have voted to renew the licence of glyphosate, a widely used weedkiller at the centre of a major workplace health and environmental controversy. The proposal at the European Commission’s Appeal Committee got 18 votes from countries in favour and nine against, with one abstention, ending months of deadlock. The UK backed the … Continue reading Weedkiller glyphosate gets a five-year Euro reprieve

IARC scientists defend glyphosate cancer ranking

The World Health Organisation (WHO) agency that labelled the world’s most widely used herbicide a probable cause of cancer in humans has hit back after the agrichemical industry responded with a savage attack on its science and funding. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) panel of scientists made the evaluation on glyphosate, the … Continue reading IARC scientists defend glyphosate cancer ranking

France to ban some glyphosate weedkillers

France’s health and safety agency has decided to ban weedkillers that combine the chemicals glyphosate and tallowamine because of concerns over possible health risks. Agweek reports the ANSES agency has sent a letter to manufacturers informing them that it intends to withdraw the authorisation for such products, said Francoise Weber, the watchdog’s deputy director-general. “It … Continue reading France to ban some glyphosate weedkillers

Ban glyphosate, get off the pesticide treadmill

Campaigners have said the European Commission must be stopped from proceeding with the renewed authorisation in the European Union of the toxic herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and the world’s most widely-used herbicide. The demand from the global food and farming union IUF and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International, comes as renewed … Continue reading Ban glyphosate, get off the pesticide treadmill

Time to ban glyphosate, says global food and farming union IUF

A move to approve the continued use of the toxic herbicide glyphosate in Europe has become the topic of a high profile tussle involving member states, citizens groups, environmental campaigners and unions. On 8 March, the European Union’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed postponed a decision on renewal of the herbicide’s approval … Continue reading Time to ban glyphosate, says global food and farming union IUF

European Commission refuses access to glyphosate assessment

The European Commission has refused to make available the risk assessment report on glyphosate prepared for the European Food Safety Authority. Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. The risk assessment will determine glyphosate’s renewed authorisation in the European Union. The pesticide lobby is pressing Europe to … Continue reading European Commission refuses access to glyphosate assessment