INVITATION - "GLYPHOSATE: YES or NO?"
March 2nd, 1500-1900, European Parliament, ASP A5E2
On March 2nd, I will be organizing a conference dedicated to the issue of re-approval of the glyphosate - the active substance in the most widely used herbicide – an issue, which will be very shortly decided upon in the the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed.
I would like to invite you and your colleagues to participate and join the debate. I would appreciate to hear your view. The conference will take place in the European Parliament, ASP A5E2, 1500-1900. Attached you can find the draft agenda.
As you are surely aware, in 2015 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the EU Member States finalised the re-assessment of glyphosate. The report concludes that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans. In parallel, glyphosate was recently classified as “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization (IARC/WHO). Other organizations and scientists have their doubts about this chemical. Nevertheless, by June 2016 the Commission has to decide whether or not to keep glyphosate on the EU list of the approved active substances. Soon the important vote in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed is to take place (date is not officially set yet).
Our conference will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to transparently present at the premises of the European Parliament their views on the issue and discuss the pros and cons of the potential re-approval of the glyphosate's use.
Intensive debate among the Commission, EFSA and IARC is expected. The representatives of Members States were invited as they will be voting in the Standing Committee. Representatives of the NGOs and industry will have a chance to present their views as well.
For the first time in the European Parliament there will by an expert study presented on the issue of strong correlation between glyphosate and major diseases in the USA, including cancer:
"Genetically engineered crops, glyphosate and the deterioration of health in the United States of America" http://goo.gl/1uB7Ji
Another expert study will be about the impact of glyphosate on cellular systems:
"Glyphosate´s Suppresion on Cytochome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbione: Pathways to Modern Diseases" http://goo.gl/F1OlUU
And yet further studies will be on the glyphosate’s negative effects of glyphosate on animal health and the neutralizing effects of humic acids
I hope you will be able to attend and join the discussion. And please feel free to inform anyone interested in this event.
Should you decide to join us, allow me to ask you to register by sending an email to (even if you do not need an EP badge): firstname.lastname@example.org
With kind regards,
RNDr. Pavel Poc
Vice-Chair of the ENVI Committee