The European Parliament has backed
restrictions on the use of glyphosate – the world’s most used weedkiller and a
shortening of its licence, amid rising health concerns. In a non-binding
resolution, MEPs today called for a ban on all uses of glyphosate-based
herbicides in private and public green areas, including spraying in and around
public parks, playgrounds and gardens. MEPs also called for restrictions on its
use in agricultural fields shortly before harvesting, and said a new glyphosate
licence should be limited to seven instead of 15 years. The Independent MEP
Marian Harkin says she has serious concerns about glyphosate.
In March 2015, the World Health Organisation [WHO]’s International Agency for Research on Cancer
classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. However, the European Food
Safety Authority EFSA said in November 2015 that there was no
evidence of a cancer link.