The European Parliament vote in April 2016 that supported a new 7 year approval for the Worldâs most used herbicide glyphosate, did in fact have a silver lining despite the disappointment of some groups who were targeting a full ban on the probable human carcinogen:
The European Parliament agreed Wednesday April 13, 2016 to a new 7-year authorization until 2023 for the controversial herbicide glyphosate, against the 15-year re-authorization originally proposed by the European Commission. The Parliamentary GUE/NGL Group had advocated a total ban on the substance. This European Parliament vote to re-approve glyphosate for 7 years as opposed to the usual 15...
Reuters reported Friday April 8 that France's health and safety agency (ANSES) has decided to ban weedkillers that combine chemicals glyphosate and the adjuvant tallowamine due to uncertainty over possible health risks. ANSES sent a letter this week to manufacturers informing them that it intends to withdraw the authorization for such products.... Read more
EU review of weedkiller glyphosate adds secrecy to controversy by Corporate Europe Observatory, January 14 2016Wednesday 20 January 2016
More than 80 per cent of the national experts involved in the EU's official assessment of glyphosate refused to have their names disclosed to the public.
Following help from experts worldwide Sustainable Pulse has now added two more countries to the list of countries that ban the cultivation of GM crops: Switzerland and Norway.
Argentinian Study: Tampons, Sanitary Pads and Sterile Gauze Contaminated with Probable Carcinogen GlyphosateFriday 15 January 2016
This study of Bt cotton statistics shows poor performance, problems and cause of suicides in India and that it is a pattern world-wide of GM cotton (âAnnual suicide rates in rain-fed areas areÂ inverselyÂ related to farm size and yield, andÂ directlyÂ related to increases in Bt cotton adoption cost and risksâ), especially in rain fed areas.
Cocktail of common chemicals may trigger cancer....
A major trait shared by agricultural GMOs commercialized worldwide is the production of a modified insecticidal proteins (Bt toxins) to kill insects. CRIIGEN supported several years ago, the first study of toxic effects of modified Bt toxins produced by GMOs on human cells (Mesnage et al., JAT, 33:695-9.). A new study of their toxic effects on aquatic sentinel species, the most sensitive to environmental contaminations, has just been published in the "Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health". This study shows that Bt toxins released into the environment from GMO cultivations could have deleterious effects on aquatic invertebrate populations.
German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has informed German state governments of his intention to tell the EU that Germany will make use of new "opt-out" rules to stop GMO crop cultivation even if varieties have been approved by the EU, a letter from the agriculture ministry seen by Reuters shows.