France to vote against license renewal for weedkiller glyphosate
Concerns over glyphosate’s risk to human health have prompted investigations by U.S. congressional committees and delayed a relicensing decision in the EU.
“France will vote against the reauthorization of glyphosate due to the doubts that remain about its dangerousness,” a ministry official said.
The European Commission, the EU executive, has proposed extending approval for glyphosate by 10 years after the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) said in a study in March it should not be classified as a cancer-causing substance.
A vote on whether to renew the license is due on October 4, the French official said. A qualified majority of member states is needed for the renewal to go ahead. ■