Copa and Cogeca call on the EU to renew its authorisation of glyphosate

After MEPs voted in Strasbourg today to keep the herbicide active substance glyphosate on the EU market, Copa and Cogeca call on the EU Standing Committee on Plants, animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) to renew its authorisation

Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said “The EU Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed its safety and we expect the EU Commission to prolong the authorization for a further 15 years. We also welcome the fact that with their vote today MEPs acknoweledge the need for farmers and agri cooperatives to remain competitive in the EU at the same time as ensuring consumer safety”

He continued “Glyphosate is widely used in herbicides in all EU Member States and an important part of farmers tool box due to its availability and cost-effective price. It is widely used in cereal crops as well as vineyards, fruit and olive production across Europe to help combat weeds that compete with cultivated crops. Without it, production would be jeopardized. This would be disastrous for the EU given the current agricultural crisis and the need to meet increasing world food demand. Chemical control is also a prerequisite for some farming practices such as no-till and minimum-tillage, helping to ensure less greenhouse gas emissions and soil erosion.”

He went on to say that glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world. Not approving this active substance would therefore just be to the advantage of non-EU countries that export to the EU, as it would still be part of farmers tool box in these countries.”.

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