Preposterous verdict of “acceptable” risks for glyphosate
Germany, acting as the European Union rapporteur member state submitted their glyphosate renewal assessment report to the European Food Safety Authority in January 2014, recommending re-approval of glyphosate for use in Europe with an increase in the acceptable daily intake.
The overall findings are that glyphosate poses no unacceptable risks. Glyphosate is not metabolized or accumulated in the body, not genotoxic, not carcinogenic, not endocrine disrupting, and not considered persistent or bioaccumulative; it has no reproductive toxicity, no toxic effects on hormone-producing or hormone-dependent organs, and no unacceptable effect on bees. Therefore any risks are within acceptable standards...
How did they arrive at such a preposterous conclusion when the evidence for glyphosate herbicides toxicity has accumulated worldwide to such an extent that a number of countries are already banning its use?
Denmark took the lead to ban the herbicide back in 2003.
The Dutch Parliament banned it in April 2014 for non-commercial use, France is set to follow.
Brazil, one of the largest growers of glyphosate-tolerant genetically modified (GM) crops has now filed a law suit by Federal Prosecutors to ban glyphosate along with 8 other dangerous pesticides.
El Salvador imposed a complete ban in February 2013, linking glyphosate herbicides to an epidemic of chronic kidney disease that has struck the region...