Growers urged to contact their MEP about Glyphosate

by Tim Mudge

Upcoming vote on Glyphosate in EU.

Below is a brief explanation on the latest position on Glyphosate:

"Following the postponed vote at the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) on the 7-8 March, the Commission is seeking support from Member States, aiming at reaching a qualified majority vote at the next meeting of the Committee in May.
The UK position is supportive of re-approving glyphosate. Meanwhile the European Parliament’s Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI committee) stood against the renewal of glyphosate’s re-approval at a meeting at the end of March. The ENVI committee adopted a non-binding motion for a resolution. MEP Pavel Poc called on the Commission not to vote renew the approval of glyphosate and to set up clear timescales for establishing a list of co-formulants not accepted for inclusion in plant protection products.

MEPs also called on the Commission and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to disclose immediately all the scientific evidence that has been a basis for the positive classification of glyphosate and the proposed re-approval. The ENVI motion for a resolution will be put to a vote of MEPs at the 11-14 April plenary meeting of the European Parliament. However, even if adopted, the resolution will not be binding.

NFU has asked members to write to MEPs ahead of the meeting in April to outline the importance of glyphosate to their businesses."

Local MEP contacts are available here

The NFU papers are available through this link

The deadline is Monday 11th April, so we only have a few days to get responses to your MEP.  If glyphosate is important to your farming business, then it is import you respond.