Glyphosate / Two concrete ways to tackle it
We outline two distinct steps that you can take in order to help ban the controversial herbicide:
1. Sign the petition to ban Glyphosate
Part of our food is being sprayed with it. Researchers have indeed discovered traces of Glyphosate in the urine of nearly 1 in 2 people tested. Glyphosate is a very common pesticide, used on everything from food to gardens. The World Health Organization has labelled it as “probably carcinogenic” in 2015. It is also very harmful to plant and animal life. In short, it’s a very damaging pesticide.
We thus want to inform you about a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) that calls on the European Commission to propose to member states a ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set a EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use. The EU should ban glyphosate-based herbicides, exposure to which has been linked to cancer in humans and has led to ecosystems degradation. So far, almost 800.000 people signed the petition across the EU. Once formally registered, an ECI allows one million citizens from at least one quarter of EU Member States to invite the European Commission to propose a legal act in areas where the Commission has the power to do so. If – and only if – a registered ECI receives the signatures of one million validated signatures from at least seven Member States, the Commission must decide whether or not it should act, and explain the reasons for their choice.
We urge you to sign the petition.
2. Let's ban non-agricultural pesticides across the European Union
In the French Senate, Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV), our French Member Party, proposed a resolution in order to ban non-agricultural pesticides across the European Union. The resolution will be voted today, 16 May 2017.
The initiative was taken by Joël Labbé, a member of the French Senate. They provided us with the translation of the resolution in four languages: English, German, Spanish and Italian, to share with the European Green family, and to start a common European action to ban non-agricultural pesticides. You can download them at the bottom of this page. You can also find the report made by the Commission of European Affairs of the French Senate, as well as the original resolution in French, by following this link. In order to succeed in this common goal, we need to involve as many members of the national parliaments as possible. We invite you to submit in your parliaments regulations or resolutions on the model of this one. The proposal is to forbid the use and sell of pesticides to the private (non-professional) users and public authorities.
At a glance, the resolution proposes:
- To forbid the use of pesticides (phyto-sanitarian products, including herbicides, fongicides, etc.) by public authorities (it's the case in France since 1 January 2017);
- To forbid the use of pesticides to non-professionals (it will be the case for France starting from 2019);
- Organic bio-pesticides, bio-fertilisers and bio-fongicides are not concerned by the law;
- The Ministry of Agriculture can authorise the use of the mentioned products in case of emergency (i.e. major infestation)
You can also decline this proposal on different variations: i.e. to ban all pesticides in public areas and selling to individuals, ban neonicotinoids for all usages, or ban Glyphosate for all usage etc. according to your country’s situation. The key of the success to adopt this regulation in France was to insist on the existent alternatives (i.e organic control of pest and organic fertilisers), the benefits on public health & biodiversity and the fact that this resolution does not directly concern agricultural practices.
On 31 May an international press conference for the adoption of the resolution will be organised by EELV. Please feel free to use this document to explain what is the state of play of the regulation on pesticides in your countries; it will be extremely useful.
Also, please let us know if you are going to submit the regulation in your countries.
We hope you will join us and the French Greens in this common action!
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