Monsanto Papers Lead to New European Parliament Pesticide Committee

Posted on Jan 18 2018 - 10:40pm by Sustainable Pulse

The Conference of Presidents, a governing body of the European Parliament, has Thursday endorsed the mandate of a Special Committee to analyse and assess the authorisation procedure for glyphosate and other pesticides, following recent revelations from the Monsanto Papers and the Great Glyphosate Rebellion, in which many EU states have vowed to phase out the use of glyphosate-based herbicides.

Following a Greens/EFA and Socialists and Democrats (S&D) initiative, the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament announced that the Special Committee will be composed of 30 members and will meet for nine months. The constituent meeting is expected in March 2018.

Co-presidents of the Greens/EFA group Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts stated: “Thanks to the hard work of campaigners and environmentalists, the issue of glyphosate and other harmful pesticides has been brought to the forefront of the political debate. Through this committee, the Green/EFA group will seek to analyse the failings in the process that led to the renewal of the authorisation of glyphosate.

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“In particular, we want to look at the work of the European agencies (EFSA and ECHA) and the German agency Bfr. We want Europe’s agencies to be irreproachable in their assessment of potentially dangerous substances. The protection of public health and our environment must take precedence over any other consideration and requires total independence of scientific work.”

S&D vice-president for sustainability, Kathleen Van Brempt MEP, said: “The Monsanto Papers scandal unveiled how the multinational company tried to influence the outcome of scientific reports so that the licence of the controversial pesticide would be renewed. This is unacceptable and we will get to the bottom of it.

“At a time when the EU is engaged in improving legislation on health safety and a sustainable environmental policy, we can’t afford a shadow of a doubt. We must find out whether the positive reports of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on glyphosate were influenced by Monsanto.

“However, the scope will be broader than this specific case. We will demand a strong mandate to scrutinize the way in which various pesticides are authorised. Our aim is to improve the procedures and address citizens’ concerns, to increase transparency and assure that European Agencies can rely on independent scientific research.”

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3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. U Soe January 23, 2018 at 18:24 - Reply

    I’m learning and doing sustainable ethics to build in our country.

  2. U Soe January 24, 2018 at 05:19 - Reply

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  3. Christine January 25, 2018 at 08:42 - Reply

    Glyphosate ‘story’ is inevitably connected with majority of GMO crops. Why is this connection so little touched upon?? Forcing of redesigning life on a genetic level, life on our planet by specific organizations and groups, is the biggest criminal act ever^1, in which glyphosate represents a very important ‘practical’ tool…

    1. Steven Drucker “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public”. Mar 20, 2015

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