Stop Glyphosate!

The work on “Stop Glyphosate” that began in 2016, was also a predominant part of our activites in 2017. The Alliance for this ECI brought together a large number of environmental organisations and individuals, calling for a reform to the European authorisation procedure for pesticides. In connection with the ECI, WeMove Europe gGmBH has comprehensively discussed the pesticide glyphosate in order to spread information and make citizens more aware of its health consequences and its environmental impact. At the same time, we managed to publicise the instrument of the European Citizens' Initiative. In 2017, more than one million Europeans asked the European Commission to ban glyphosate and ensure the publication of all industry-funded studies used to back up regulatory decisions on pesticides.

The scientific evidence of glyphosate’s carcinogenic effect is increasing. Already in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” [1] And more recently, a review of existing studies from the University of Washington found that exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of cancer by 41 percent. [2] They noted that a “compelling link” exists between exposure to glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The pesticide industry and giants like Bayer-Monsanto continue to maintain that glyphosate is safe. [3] However, US litigation has brought to light evidence of how they manipulated the scientific debate and misled the public over glyphosate’s dangers. In 2017 when the EU made a decision to prolong glyphosate license for 5 years until 2022, it based its decision on an assessment that included text that was copied and pasted directly from the application dossier submitted by Monsanto, without attribution. [4]