CCM: What will future have in store for glyphosate in Europe 05-12-2016

The European Union (EU) finally came to a decision on whether banning glyphosate or not. On 19 April, 2016, it is reported that the European Commission (EC) voted to decide the possibility of banning glyphosate, with a result of 374 votes in favor, 225 against and 102 abstentions.

Source: Baidu


In the end, the EC reached the compromise in which glyphosate is allowed to be registered for use for the next 7 years, during which the EU will seek for substitutes for it. Originally, the suggested years were supposed to be 15, but the EU declared that glyphosate can only be used by professionals. Moreover, experts from the European Committee for Standardization may decide to vote again to influence EU's decision in May 2016.


Coincidentally, the Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues will also give the result of re-evaluation on glyphosate in May. Moreover it is worth to notice that, in regard to the concerns for health and the not-enough-transparent new approval procedure, 67 senators from the EU parliament (8.5% of the total senators) wrote a letter to Vytenis Andriukaitis, a committee member who is responsible for the health & food safety from the EU, managing to avoid the re-approval of the use of glyphosate.


In fact, before the EC made this decision, each EU country held different opinions regarding the matter, about which Germany said yes while France said no.


According to the news reported on 14 April, 2016, the German government stated to support the continued use of glyphosate after obtaining positive votes from the Environmental Department, the Agricultural Department, the SPD and CDU of Germany.


According to a letter from the EU Agriculture Commission, Germany agreed to the evaluation report on glyphosate that was released by the European Food Safety Authority which pointed out that glyphosate is not likely to cause cancer to human.


Considering the risks for human health, the Health and Safety Department of France recently decided to ban the tallowamine-containing glyphosate and herbicides. The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) has informed producers to cancel the registration of glyphosate products and, even before that, tallowamine-containing glyphosate and herbicides in the German market have been voluntarily canceled by manufacturers.


Nonetheless, it will still take a few weeks for the ANSES to make the final decision since it must take into consideration the opinions of manufacturers. In Nov. 2015, the EFSA announced that glyphosate being mixed with tallowamine would pose higher risks than the use of glyphosate alone, which prompted ANSES to review this product again. Tallowamine refers to polyethoxylated tallowamine (POEA), which can help active ingredients to be absorbed efficiently by crops when being mixed with herbicides.


POEA exists in many products related to glyphosate, but in France there are many glyphosate products not using POEA as auxiliaries. Monsanto Company holds the belief that the cancelation of POEA will nearly have no impact on its performance because it has no longer used POEA as auxiliaries.


According to the poll, most of people favor banning glyphosate. News that have been reported on 14 April, 2016 showed that Yougov, a European survey agency, has made a poll that revealing that 2/3 people in Europe support banning glyphosate.


The poll was conducted in five largest countries in Europe, covering 7,000 participants, in particular, 3/4 of people in Italy, 70% of people in Germany, 60% of people in France and 56% in the UK said yes to the ban of glyphosate.


However, 150 people submitted urine samples to detect whether or not they contain glyphosate residuals. Urine samples from 18 countries of Europe were found containing glyphosate in the past, in addition, glyphosate residuals were detected in over 60% of the bread sold in the UK.

This article comes from Glyphosate China Monthly Report 1604, CCM

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