France is set to oppose a EU vote on the controversial herbicide glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s market-leading weedkiller Roundup, writes Laurence Banville on the LegalHerald.com. Citing concerns over the chemical’s safety, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says his country will vote against relicensing glyphosate for sale throughout the EU.
The announcement comes as over 1,000 Roundup lawsuits make their way through federal and state courts in the United States. A wave of farmers, gardeners, landscapers and nursery workers have accused Monsanto of concealing the link between glyphosate exposure and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a wing of the World Health Organization, ruled that glyphosate was a “probable” carcinogen in humans, igniting a firestorm of media coverage. A contradictory analysis was published by the European Food Safety Authority the same year, which held that glyphosate was safe for human use.