It is no surprise that key information on harmful chemicals originally lies in the hands of industry alone. But just because it starts with industry, does not mean it should be left there, writes Apolline Roger.
Environmental advocacy group ClientEarth has criticised the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for transparency failings that restrict public access to information and slow the adoption of safer chemicals.
The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) insists on its opinion that glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, is probably carcinogenic to humans despite a new large-scale study suggesting the opposite. Earlier this month, a new report was published, which made it clear that glyphosate “was not statistically significantly associated with cancer […]
Pollution is responsible for one in six of all deaths worldwide, a report by the Lancet Commission shows. The attention on air pollution and particulates has left chemical pollution substantially unchecked. And the current EU regulation does not tackle this ‘cocktail of chemicals’ problem, writes Apolline Roger.
The EU on Wednesday (25 October) postponed a vote on renewing the licence for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate, which the European Parliament wants to ban in five years' time amid criticism that it may cause cancer.
Lawyers on the “Monsanto papers” case accused the EU agencies responsible for food safety and chemicals of “wilfully sawing off certain studies” in their risk assessment of glyphosate.