EU Reauthorizes Glyphosate for Five Years

The European Union has approved the use of glyphosate for the next five years after a drawn-out debate on the herbicide’s safety, according to Euronews.

The license was set to expire on Dec. 15.

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“Diplomats said Germany swung the vote, coming off the fence after abstaining in previous meetings to oppose its key EU partner France, which wanted a shorter license extension,” the article said. France voted against the extension.

Glyphosate has been used by farmers for more than 40 years, but its use was cast in doubt when the U.N. health agency WHO said in 2015 it “probably” causes cancer. However, the European Chemical Agency said in March this year there was no evidence linking it to cancer in humans.