Europe has delayed its decision as to whether or not phasing out glyphosate herbicide in farms all over the continent. This follows a recent ruling courtesy of the European Union’s food safety regulator that it was safe.
According to ABC Australia, the delay came after the European chemical regulator has ruled out suspicions that glyphosate is a mutagen or a carcinogen in its March 2017 report. Following that is this week’s meeting that failed to gather a consensus on extending the usage license of the herbicide when Parliament had voted for a five-year period for phasing out the herbicide.
French farmers have aired their concerns, as glyphosate is one of the tools they use to ensure their farms are safe. This means billions of dollars are at risk with this herbicide, under the brand Roundup, that can contribute to conservation farming.
Meanwhile, the next voting period will be expected within a two-month period.
Success For Now, New Plans
Some organisations supporting the use of organic materials, consumers, and Greenpeace, have lauded the success of their initiative against Roundup. It was developed by conglomerate Monsanto around four decades back. It can be remembered that these groups handed the European Union with a petition of 1.3-million signatures that called them to ban the herbicide. This had effectively pressured the European Commission into meeting about renewing or not renewing the herbicide license in the next decade.
For now, however, farmers in France and the United Kingdom can still use glyphosate in their farms.
It can be remembered that glyphosate can add as much as $1-billion in farm production all over the United Kingdom. Countries such as France, Germany, and even Australia depend on the herbicide.
If the ban pushes through, farms could lose as much as 57-percent of wheat yields, and production of potatoes can fall by as much as 40-percent.