Glyphosate is used in Roundup, a best-selling herbicide produced by US agro-chemical giant Monsanto.
Opponents of glyphosate, led by Greenpeace, point to research from the World Health Organisation suggesting it may be carcinogenic. As a result, they are calling for an outright ban.
The College of Commissioners was set to propose a 10-year renewal of glyphosate’s licence, according to media reports published yesterday (16 May).
But an EU Commission spokesperson insisted that Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis had only shared an information note with the College of Commissioners, not a formal proposal.