The European Parliament is voting today on
whether or not to renew the authorisation of a widely used weed killer. The
Parliament’s Environment Committee is urging MEPs not to renew the licence for
another 15 years, for glyphosate which is used in weed killers such as Roundup.
They’re claiming serious concerns remain about the carcinogenicity and hormone
disruptive properties of glyphosate. And they want the EU Commission to carry
out an independent review and disclose all the
scientific evidence that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) used to
assess glyphosate. The Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness
says she’s been contacted by a lot of people on this.