Thomas Waitz, Member of European Parliament (MEP) and European Green Party Committee member, says the authorisation procedure for herbicides such as glyphosate must become more transparent.
He is critical of previous studies, which he says rely too heavily on input from big industrial players, such as the American agricultural giant Monsanto.
Citizens, he says, must know the truth about whether herbicides such as Glyphosate are linked to cancer.
A recent study by the European Food Safety Agency classified glyphosate as not linked to cancer, breaking with the long-standing practice of aligning with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) hazard assessments.
Waitz is a substitute member sitting on the European Parliament’s Special Committee on pesticides that will investigate authorisation procedures. He says the committee will start its work in March this year and expects to deliver results at the beginning of 2019.