Despite overwhelming public opposition and defin¬itive proof of substantial harm to the environment and human health, the EU has renewed the license for the herbicide glyphosate.
Nine countries opposed the five-year renewal: Belgium, Greece, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, and Austria. Portugal abstained.
Germany was the deciding supporter, even though the environment minister was strongly opposed to the renewal.
MEP Sven Giegold said that the German government decision to support the renewal was as a "slap in the face of the environment and consumers."
MEPs Eric Andrieu and Marc Tarabella said that "the 28 and the European Commission are guilty of failure to assist persons in danger."
"We didn't ask for renewal, we asked for a phase-out," said Czech MEP Pavel Poc.
In a resolution adopted in the parliament's plenary in October, the parliament asked for a phase-out over the next five years.
Some 1.3 million Europeans citizens had presented a petition asking the European Union to ban glyphosate.
Some believe that glyphosate is part of a sinister plot to reduce the human population.