Is Europe headed for the last Roundup™?

The Roundup™ in question is the weed killer sold under that brand name by Monsanto, and they key to all those genetically modified Roundup Ready™ crops the company sells.

But an effort in Europe to win renewed approval for the use of glyphosate, the chemical lurking beneath that brand name, keeps running into roadblocks.

Deutsche Welle covers the latest setback:

An expert panel comprised of European Union state representatives failed on Monday to achieve a majority for or against renewing the glyphosate license – which is currently set to expire at the end of June.

The European Commission previously suggested a limited extension of 12 to 18 months on the controversial pesticide to buy more time for the European Chemicals Agency to deliver its answer on glyphosate’s carcinogenic properties.

The issue now moves on to an EU appeal committee. Should they also fail to find a majority, the decision on whether or not to renew glyphosate will be left up to the European Commission.

If no decision is taken on the license’s renewal by June 30, products containing glyphosate like Monsanto’s Roundup and other weed killers will have to be pulled from European shelves.

More from the Guardian:

[T]he proposal failed to win the qualified majority – the support of member states representing at least 65% of the EU’s population – needed for adoption, an EU official said.

Seven member states abstained from Monday’s vote, 20 backed the proposal and one voted against, a German environment ministry spokeswoman said.


The controversy overhangs German chemicals group Bayer’s $62bn offer in May to buy US seeds company Monsanto. Germany was among those which abstained from Monday’s vote and has in the past opposed Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds.

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