CLA calls for clarity on future use of glyphosate

15 March 2017

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has today classified glyphosate as “not carcinogenic”, a decision in line with the European Food Safety Authority’s findings in November 2015.

In light of this decision, the CLA wishes for the uncertainty over the future use of glyphosate to be removed, and for the European Commission to ensure it is reauthorized for use. The European Commission is due to make a decision by the end of this year about renewing glyphosate’s licence for between seven and 15 years.

Glyphosate is the most commonly used herbicide across Europe, found in the popular pesticide Roundup, but last year the European Commission adopted the extension of its approval for use for only 18 months.

CLA Land Use Policy Adviser Fraser McAuley said: “We welcome the findings of the ECHA classifying glyphosate as not carcinogenic. We continue to support a risk based approach to plant protection products to ensure glyphosate remains part of the toolkit farmers have at their disposal. The CLA believes that if the herbicide were to be removed from use permanently there would be significant implications for farm efficiency, food production and safety, and the environment."