A committee of EU experts and ministers met this week to decide whether to renew the licence for glyphosate. With opposition from environmental groups, and some member states such as France, Netherlands, Sweden and Germany, the vote was deferred. The committee are under pressure as the current licence expires in June.
Glyphosate is a commonly used herbicide (weedkiller) that has been classified as being potentially carcinogenic. It is usually mixed with other chemicals to create a toxic cocktail. Roundup is a well known example.