In a shocking turn of events, the European Union has authorized the use of glyphosate for another five years, extending its license just as the European Commission and the agro-chemical lobby wanted. That was the outcome of Monday’s vote in the appeals committee in Brussels.
Eighteen countries voted in favor of the Commission’s proposal, nine voted against (including France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg) and one abstained (Portugal). Germany voted in favor of the proposal Monday, tipping the scales toward the renewal of the license, while it had abstained during the previous votes.
Germany changed its position after a vague reference to “respecting biodiversity” was inserted in the text of the decision to renew.