EC rejects million-strong petition for glyphosate ban

The European Commission rejected on Tuesday a demand in a citizens' petition for a total ban on glyphosate use in Europe but agreed to address a call for increased transparency in the approval process

The European Commission rejected on Tuesday a demand in a citizens' petition for a total ban on glyphosate use in Europe, but agreed to address a call for increased transparency in the approval process used by EU regulators.

The news came as commissioners met in Strasbourg and formally agreed to renew the EU licence for the systemic herbicide for five years, just four days before the legal deadline, having secured a majority backing from national governments in late November.

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