Garden Organic is hailing ‘a victory in the ongoing battle to ban toxic chemicals’ in the long-running dispute over the safety of the herbicide glyphosate, used in the weedkiller Roundup. After three attempts this year to relicense it for a period of up to 15 years, the EU Commission has now announced a temporary 18-month licensing extension, so that it can consider further analysis by the European Chemicals Agency, which is due by the end of 2017.
“We applaud the member states who opposed the relicensing, as well as our fellow NGOs calling for a glyphosate ban,” says Garden Organic Chief Executive James Campbell. “But above all we congratulate and thank our members and supporters who joined us in the battle.
This war is not over. We will continue in our researches and to voice our concerns – particularly in the use of glyphosate herbicides in Britain’s public parks and recreation areas. Garden Organic members will again lead the way by demonstrating that you don’t need toxic chemicals to manage weeds.”
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