After years of controversy and scandals, in 2017 the European Commission granted a five-year approval for Bayer-Monsanto’s weed killer - glyphosate. This EU-wide permit for glyphosate will expire on 15 December 2022.
Over the last few years, several other independent experts have shown that exposure to glyphosate can cause permanent damage to our genes and that most of the industry's studies provided to EU authorities to prove glyphosate’s safety did not meet basic international scientific standards.
Yet, despite this evidence, the Glyphosate Renewal Group led by Bayer-Monsanto submitted a dossier in December 2019 demanding that herbicide should be approved again.
Currently, massive amounts of glyphosate are being sprayed on crops across the EU – causing devastating impacts on biodiversity, harming bees, birdlife and thus threatening the stability of the entire ecosystem. Allowing tonnes of Bayer-Monsanto's bee-harming herbicides to keep on being sprayed on Europe's fields will not only exacerbate the ongoing biodiversity crisis but also increase the pollution in our rivers and streams.
And right now, the extension of the glyphosate authorisation is being debated again, and the battle is still far from being won. As usual, Bayer-Monsanto lobbyists are flooding European policy-makers with biased studies to make their case.
That’s why, as citizens, we need to keep the pressure up and let EU member states and the European Commission know that we won't let them poison our ecosystems for years to come.
We therefore demand that the European Commission and EU member states do not renew the authorisation of the use of glyphosate in the European Union.