Enough glyphosate: 13 associations ask Italian ministers to block authorization for use in Europe

Thirteen associations and NGOs have sent an open letter to the ministers of the environment, agriculture and health, asking them to oppose the renewal of the authorization for glyphosate in the European Union. The request is based on new scientific evidence indicating the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate, including a study sponsored by the Ramazzini Institute

European citizens are at serious risk if glyphosate is re-authorised in the member states for another 10 years, but not without protest. In fact, there is a lot of scientific evidence that shows the dangers of this active substance, which is still overused in agriculture.

The causes are famous three days of action American (but not limited to) lawsuits by people exposed to the herbicide and seriously harmed by its side effects. The case of a boy who was born with severe malformations after exposure to glyphosate during pregnancy has caused quite a stir in France recently.

Also read: ‘I was exposed to pesticides in utero and was born with severe malformations’, boy will be compensated: historic victory against glyphosate

But what exactly are citizens and environmental groups doing to try to stop the restoration? We have already informed you about the collection of signatures delivered to the Italian Ministry of Health last month. Also read: No to glyphosate renewal: 75,000 signatures have been delivered asking Italy to reconsider

Now comes the news about an open letter signed by 13 associations and NGOs, including ISDE, Navdanya International, Aiab, FederBio, WWF, Legambiente and Lipu. It urgently appeals to the Ministers of the Environment, Agriculture and Health for a decisive rejection of the renewal of the authorization for glyphosate in the European Union.

The letter highlights deep concern about recent findings from the Global Glyphosate Study (GGS), an international multi-institutional toxicology study supported by the Ramazzini Institute of Bologna. This is indicated by the conclusions presented at the international scientific conference on October 25 low doses of glyphosate-based herbicides can cause leukemiaeven at levels considered safe by current EU regulations.

Also read: Glyphosate causes leukemia (even at “safe” doses), says the most comprehensive toxicology study ever conducted on the herbicide.

The study revealed that one of the tested compounds, namely the representative preparation BioFlow, authorized in all EU member states, caused leukemia in rats (unfortunately, the study was conducted on animals), which proved that the carcinogenicity of glyphosate is not sufficiently evaluated. The associations raise the important question of how safety decisions can be justified without a long-term toxicity study.

The letter reads:

The GGS results are extremely worrying as they add to the already existing evidence of the substance’s carcinogenic potential, as we have explained in previous letters to you and the European public authorities. During the review of glyphosate, NGOs and independent scientists repeatedly warned of major inconsistencies and shortcomings in the EU’s scientific assessment of glyphosate. Regarding the representative formulation “Bioflow”, although EFSA reported data gaps and indicated potential genotoxicity of some components, the applicants did not perform any long-term toxicity or carcinogenicity studies on the representative formulation.

Flaws in the glyphosate reauthorization process are further highlighted disregarding harmful effects on humans and the environment. Glyphosate exposure has been linked to a number of health problems:

The GGS data underscores this The carcinogenicity and genotoxicity potential of glyphosate has simply not been sufficiently evaluated. As we highlighted in our previous letter, there is substantial evidence of glyphosate’s carcinogenicity that has not yet been recognized in the EU assessment. (…) The carcinogenicity of glyphosate is only the tip of the iceberg in relation to the health effects of glyphosate-based herbicides. Exposure to glyphosate and GBH was associated with neurotoxicity, autism spectrum disorders in prenatally exposed children, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease in adults. It was also associated with endocrine disorders and changes in the microbiome. Exposure to glyphosate can also lead to toxicity in a wide range of non-target terrestrial and aquatic species, which can have serious impacts on biodiversity. To our concern, not all of these important adverse effects were considered critical areas of concern by EFSA in its conclusions.

In essence, the associations point out that glyphosate does not meet the approval criteria set by EU regulations, which threatens the health of farmers and the general population. The challenge to health and environmental leaders is therefore to invoke the precautionary principle, essential for the protection of human health and the health of the environment. The letter concludes:

In view of the above evidence, glyphosate does not meet the approval criteria set by Regulation (EU) 1107/2009, according to which pesticide active substances, pesticide preparations and their residues placed on the market should not have harmful effects on humans. animals and on any unacceptable effects on the environment. Furthermore, when it is proven that a pesticide can cause potential harm, the Commission and Member States have the right to invoke the precautionary principle, which is at the heart of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Regulation (EU) No 1107/2009.

The decision is now up to us. On November 16, member states will be asked to vote on the reinstatement of glyphosatewill this letter be enough to convince Italian ministers to block everything?

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Source: Navdanya international

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