Although Europe has largely eschewed genetically modified crops, glyphosate has also been the best-selling weed killer there as well.
The decision to reauthorise the use of glyphosate for five years is welcome news and testament to the hard work of British farmers in lobbying MEPs over its safety and benefits, the NFU said today.
The Commission said after the November 9 vote it would resubmit the proposal at the end of the month.
Independent regulatory bodies around the world, including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), have looked at all the scientific evidence and concluded glyphosate is safe to use.
"Anyone who is interested in developing trust between two parties can not behave that way", she said. After a series of indecisive votes, they finally produced a clear majority in favour of the Commission's proposal.
Farmers association Copa-Cogeca said it was glad a decision had been taken, but regretted the licence renewal had not been for 15 years given strong scientific evidence of European Union agencies.
France remained opposed and there was anger with the outcome. According to the European Union executive, the proposal voted, "enjoys the broadest possible support by the member states while ensuring a high level of protection of human health and the environment in line with the European Union legislation". The 18 supporters account for 65.7 percent. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks from the SPD accused the chancellor's centre-right group of reneging on a deal to continue abstaining.
"Habemus glyphosate" say Brussels as Monday's appeal committee meeting, maybe the last chance for the bloc to "save" the "probably carcinogenic" substance, one of the most widely used herbicides.