One million sign petition for EU weedkiller ban

Demonstrators protest against the use of weedkiller glyphosate in Brussels on May 18, 2016
Demonstrators protest against the use of weedkiller glyphosate in Brussels on May 18, 2016

More than one million people have signed a petition demanding the EU ban the Monsanto weedkiller glyphosate over fears it causes cancer, campaigners said Thursday.

The petition comes as the European Union is deciding whether to renew the licence of the controversial herbicide produced by the US agro-chemicals giant.

Glyphosate is used in the best-selling herbicide Roundup.

"In less than five months, more than one million EU citizens have joined our call for a glyphosate ban," said David Schwartz, coordinator at the European Citizens Initiative, which is behind the petition.

"European citizens aren't fooled by the pesticide industry's lobbying efforts or the faulty science it's peddling," he added.

The group said it had attained the signature threshold to require a formal response from the European Commission—one million names from at least seven countries—in record time.

"Our politicians need to hear this message loud and clear," Schwartz added.

The 28-nation EU will formally decide in December whether to extend the licence for glyphosate, amid deep divisions over its use.

In July last year EU member states approved limiting the use of glyphosate during an 18-month extension for further research.

In March the EU's chemical agency said it should not be classed as a carcinogen. The European Food Safety Authority made a similar finding in 2015.

But the findings are challenged by a range of scientists, environmental groups and a number of members of the European Parliament who point to evidence from the World Health Organisation that the chemical may cause cancer.

The petition is due to be formally submitted next month.

Greenpeace said the five-month signature campaign was the "fastest growing... since the EU introduced this tool in 2012."

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Jun 15, 2017
Of course it does, it is a poison. Toxicity causes cancer. The question is, does the overuse of it cause a toxic enough environment to toxify a human being? Probably, I can't think of anyone that would willingly drink it or take a shower in it.

But plastic causes cancer, too! So, which would you rather have, Ddt or roundup...dicambra (volatizes) or roundup? Round up does wash off the food with water better than ddt and does not volatize. Roundup also neutralizes when it comes into contact with minerals--which is why overuse will make the soil less productive and fertile. So, now, the question becomes, is it being washed off in order to prevent poisoning? Apparently, not quite, or else there would not be such high levels of it in Americans and Indians, and a truly intelligent person cannot expect an uneducated or mis-educated public to know proper kitchen hygiene for an industrial world.

Jun 16, 2017
Of course it does, it is a poison. Toxicity causes cancer.

Not all poisons cause cancer because different poisons work in different ways.
As it happens, there is at best very week evidence that this chemical may cause cancer and at worst the cancer risk is relatively small and and at best non-existent. It is also known to have very low overall toxicity to mammals including humans and happens to be one of the safest weed killers known which is one reason why it is used so often.
In contrast, there is a huge amount of irrefutable evidence that smoking causes cancer; so why don't they demand a smoking ban? It is obvious that tobacco is more more likely to cause you cancer than this weed killer. They are being completely illogical and I would say stupid.

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