June 6 could be remembered as the day that European governments gave in to pressure from the agrochemical lobby. They’re poised to renew approvals for the weedkiller glyphosate, despite warnings from the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Or it could be known as the day people worldwide fought back against Monsanto and won,if we can build enough opposition to the controversial chemical.
We’ve won two battles against the Big Agriculture companies already this year, when the European Commissionfailed to win enough support from governments to give glyphosate a green light. Let’s make this the third strike.
To approve glyphosate, the Commission needs the approval of 16 European governments, representing at least 65% of the EU’s population. Even states with a massive agrochemical industry like Germany can be moved by people power, but others may put the interests of the agrochemical industry above public safety concerns. It’s down to the wire – so we need to raise a ruckus like never before.
Multinationals like Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Dow and DuPont have made fortunes selling glyphosate weedkiller and glyphosate-tolerant genetically engineered crops (GMOs) around the world.
But glyphosate’s European license is set to expire at the end of June. A spokesperson from the Commission said recently: “If no decision is taken before 30 June, glyphosate will be no longer authorised in the EU and member states will have to withdraw authorisations for all glyphosate based products.”
We’ve never been this close to an international ban!
Thanks to the massive efforts of environmentalists, activists, scientists and journalists, it looks like the tides might finally be turning against Monsanto and glyphosate. Two times in a row, European governments have refused to back the Commission’s reckless proposal to relicense glyphosate. It’s time for Brussels and the big chemical corporations to understand that people want to detox our food system, and glyphosate is history.
Thanks for all that you do,
Paul, Eoin, Rosa, Nabil, and everyone at SumOfUs
Monsanto is one of the biggest, most powerful — and most evil — corporations in the world. And we just kicked Monsanto’s butt.
Monsanto’s army of lobbyists has been trying to get the European Union to re-approve the use of Roundup — a probable human carcinogen — for another nine years.
But with the combined effort of environmental groups, scientists andconsumerwatchdogs pressuring authorities for a ban, we got a majority of European governments to oppose the extension, and the vote was cancelled — twice!
Roundup is now scheduled to be taken off the market by the end of this year — but Monsanto’s lobbyists have launched a last-ditch push for a so-called “technical exemption” for two more years, a delay that serves no purpose but to keep spending millions on their lobbying campaign against us. Will you chip in to help keep up the fight?
This victory was great news for Europe, but it’s important for the rest of the world as well. We proved that you CAN take on the world’s most evil corporation and win.
And this victory was truly unbelievable. Monsanto was shocked that stores literally had to take Roundup off the shelves after we won!
Now we’ve got campaign teams in Canada and the U.S. and Australia all learning from the victory in the EU — and we’re planning our next steps to make sure we can defend this victory in Europe as well. Tens of thousands of you joined our call yesterday demanding European governments stand strong against the dangerous pesticide.
To take on a multinational Goliath like Monsanto, we need a multinational movement of activists working together through the power of the Internet. That’sexactly what SumOfUs is all about.
SIGN THE PETITION…
Monsanto weedkiller faces recall from Europe’s shops after EU fail to agree deal, Guardian, 20 May 2016
Health Concerns Delay EU Vote on Monsanto’s Roundup Weedkiller, Wall Street Journal, 19 May 2016
EU glyphosate tantrum could leave people exposed to cancer risk, EurActiv.com, 25 May 2016
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