The licensing of pesticides will be reviewed by MEPs following the establishment today of a special European Parliament committee. Sitting for nine months, committee members will examine the scientific evaluation of pesticides, including glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weed killer which was relicensed for five years by the EU in December.
Julie Girling MEP, lead member for the Conservative and Reformist Group in the European Parliament, gave the decision a cautious welcome. She said: “We know that there are many members of parliament who would like to see a complete ban on the use of all pesticides. They continually try to undermine the system by questioning the scientific consensus. They are attempting to undermine our agricultural productivity in a war of attrition. “
I believe that this special committee will give Parliament the opportunity to examine this issue in detail, with the power to call witnesses and review the scientific evidence. I am confident that common sense will prevail resulting in a clearer picture for farmers”. The special committee, comprising 30 MEPs, will produce a report and deliver its recommendations to Parliament.