Open letter: NGOs calling upon President VDL to take action against the renewal of glyphosate

Dear President of the European Commission,

We, the undersigned 106 European civil society organisations, wish to express our support for the European Commission’s commitment, under the European Green Deal, to transition the EU towards sustainable food systems, reduce reliance on chemical pesticides, and protect human health, the environment, and biodiversity from pesticide pollution. In this regard, we are writing to you to request your intervention in ensuring that the Commission withdraws its proposal to renew glyphosate’s approval for 10 years, in light of new compelling evidence showing that the substance causes leukaemia in young rats. Considering the increasing evidence from independent scientific studies that link exposure to this popular pesticide with a range of harmful effects on humans and the environment, we call upon you to take action and propose the non-renewal of its approval.

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