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EU Legislators Vote to Slash Use of Pesticides


EU legislators have voted to slash the use of pesticides by half across the bloc.


While this development is clearly a step in the right direction, we need to be aware that these same European Union (EU) legislators have simultaneously rejected calling for a complete ban on the toxic weedkiller glyphosate, the active ingredient in Bayer’s ‘Roundup’ brand. Moreover, the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, has even proposed extending the bloc’s approval for glyphosate by 10 years. From a health perspective this makes no sense at all.

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) acknowledged as long ago as 2015 that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans,” and studies have since provided “compelling evidence” that the chemical increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. With the global glyphosate market now forecast to reach $10.6 billion by 2030, one can only therefore presume that lobbying pressure from the chemical industry is being exerted to prevent a ban on the weedkiller.

To learn more about the damaging effects of glyphosate, see this article on our website.