Bestselling weedkillers by Monsanto, Dow and Syngenta could be removed from shops across Europe by July, after an EU committee failed for a second time to agree on a new license for its core ingredient, glyphosate, according to the Guardian.
EU officials say that while there could be a voluntary grace period of six-12 months, unless a compromise can be found, the product’s license will be allowed to expire on 30 June.
Monsanto says that their poisonous weed killers that contain glyphosate are no danger to humans, and are unlikely to pose any health risk to humans, in an assessment shaded by conflict of interests allegations earlier this week, according to the Guardian.
Their critics says that they are VERY dangerous. The issue has divided EU nations, academics and the World Health Organisation (WHO) itself. In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization, issued a report that classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, as a “probable” cause of cancer.
Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), says glyphosate wrecks human health. Dr. Seneff had stated glyphosate is possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.”
Pascal Vollenweider, the campaign director of Avaaz, which organised the poll, said: “Governments are beginning to understand that their citizens refuse to be treated as lab rats. Monsanto and other chemical giants are used to getting their way, but public pressure has forced politicians to stand firm behind the precautionary principle.”
The history of big corporations like Monsanto placing profits before the health and safety of the people and our earth is a long one. I pray that one day all these poisons that these companies make are permanently banned from every country on earth.