Critical vote on glyphosate a top priority for NFU

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NFU President Meurig Raymond is travelling to Strasbourg today to discuss the importance of glyphosate re-authorisation with Members of the European Parliament ahead of a crucial vote this Wednesday.

MEPs will vote on whether the European Parliament will call on the European Commission to halt the re-authorisation of glyphosate and do further analysis into the health and safety risks of Europe’s most commonly used herbicide. 

Mr Raymond will take the concerns of thousands of NFU members direct to UK MEPs from all different political parties as well as meeting with Irish, Italian and German MEPs to urge them to vote against the resolution.

Mr Raymond said: “This is a massive issue for all our members which is why we have been contacting MEPs in huge numbers – the possibility of not re-authorising glyphosate presents all farmers with huge problems.  

“Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in Europe - not just by farmers, but by gardeners, local authorities and public utilities alike. It allows UK farmers to control weeds in a way that benefits the environment – protecting soil structure and reducing greenhouse gases. 

“I am frustrated with the way the European Parliament is handling this issue. This is not about political point scoring; we need to put science ahead of politics. 

“We cannot make progress if policy in Europe is determined in this political fashion.  We must be led by science.”


Last edited on: 11:04:2016

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  • Posted by: john grayPosted on: 12/04/2016 11:14:37

    Comment: Used as a primary control for volunteer re-growth prior to drilling. It is very cost -effective & safe to use. We also use it to control growth on footpaths as it is Used by our local council
  • Posted by: Jeremy ChamberlaynePosted on: 12/04/2016 11:41:58

    Comment: I have written to the SW MEPs and received the courtesy of a reply from one, Ashley Fox. I judge it to be a bureaucrat generated letter and it fails to indicate his own approach or voting intention. I feel quite powerless to influence this or anything else in EU. What about the rivers that cannot be dredged, because silt is scheduled waste? I will be voting OUT.
  • Posted by: WillsPosted on: 12/04/2016 12:24:24

    Comment: Glyphosate is a very good, cost effective weed control which is supposed to be harmless to hares, birds etc and an essential to being able to cut dry corn and straw, saving on drying which is environmentally unfriendly.
  • Posted by: Stephen BaylisPosted on: 12/04/2016 21:34:55

    Comment: It will be very difficult to farm without gylephosate and will mean more sprays and more fuel will be needed to do the same job .also ther is a lot of gylephosate usedby gardeners.
  • Posted by: Owen DaviesPosted on: 13/04/2016 16:32:38

    Comment: Alice Clayton's email about the EU parliament having a special vote on Glyphosate arrived on 1st April. I thought it was an April Fools day joke.

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