European Union votes to extend weed-killer glyphosate license for five years

A farmer holds up a barley seed showing the impact of using the weed-killer glyphosate on his farm in Brentwood Britain

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Controversial herbicide glyphosate licensed for five more years in European Union, despite France's opposition, according to an European Union official.

Greenpeace's Franziska Achterberg said: "The people who are supposed to protect us from unsafe pesticides have failed to do their jobs and betrayed the trust Europeans place in them".

In the latest sign of tensions in Chancellor Merkel's bid to form a government, Ms Hendricks said she "declared clearly" to Mr Schmidt that she "did not agree with an extension of the renewal of glyphosate", but he then "received another instruction than the one which was agreed between us".

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German chemical firm Bayer had been hoping for a 15-year extension rather than five, with Monsanto insisting that it met the required standards.

But she said he had voted to renew the licence instead of abstaining as planned.

Schmidt, whose Christian Social Union is the sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, told the Rheinische Post that Germany had voted for the agreement because of conditions that will "strengthen the role of biodiversity and animal protection".

But Social Democrat Bundestag representative Andrea Nahles said Monday's vote in Brussels represented "an obvious violation of trust on the part of the CSU".

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However, French President Emmanuel Macron reacted to Monday's vote by saying he would do whatever necessary to ensure the weed killer is banned in his country within three years.

Environmental campaigners like Greenpeace have been calling for an outright ban in Europe for glyphosate.

The decision makes renewal more hard for the product....

Glyphosate's use has been in question since the World Health Organization's cancer agency said in 2015 that it probably causes cancer, but the European Chemical Agency said in March that there was no evidence linking it to cancer in humans.

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The European Commission will now issue a formal renewal of the licence for glyphosate in the EU.

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