The protesters, gathered in front of the Committee where the reauthorization of glyphosate will be voted, have handed over to the representatives of the Member States the 174,000 signatures collected against the herbicide, as well as beer, bread and grapes, all of them products usually contaminated with glyphosate .
Citizen opposition is bearing fruit
Citizen opposition to glyphosate is making its reauthorization difficult for the pesticide industry by forcing its representatives to oppose it in today's vote. Sweden, France and the Netherlands, who showed their opposition last week, are joined by Italy this morning (link).
This opposition means that the Commission can delay the vote and even reformulate its proposal. In fact, Commissioner Andriukaitis last week changed the version maintained for months, to admit that there is a possibility that the reauthorization period will be reduced from the initial 15 years to 8 or 10 years. It also admits that the Commission is considering the prohibition of certain adjuvants (substances that accompany the active principle and can increase the toxicity of the mixture) and require Member States to carry out biomonitoring in the population, changes unthinkable just a few days ago.
We have it in our body
Glyphosate enters our bodies through food and water. More and more studies show its presence in food: it is found in 100% of German beer (see post), in bread, meat, fruit ...
A recent study by the Heinrich Böll Foundation shows traces of glyphosate in 99.6% of the 2,009 people studied, with the highest values occurring in children from zero to 10 years old. 75% of the German population has urine levels five times higher than the legal limit in water and a third of the population has much higher limits, between ten and 42 times higher than the maximum allowed limit.
These data are serious, since this herbicide is an endocrine disruptor as well as a probable carcinogen, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Therefore, the goal is to eliminate it from our environment.