EU Does Monsanto's Bidding and Renews Glyphosate License

Despite overwhelming public opposition and defin┬Čitive 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.