Glyphosate—activism pays off. EU sets up enquiry commission

Europe isn’t only calls for austerity and budget restrictions, and sometimes it’s prepared to show it. Last week, in fact, the European Parliament approved the composition of a special enquiry commission to look into authorization procedures for pesticides. Though the battle over renewal has been lost—at least for the moment—a civil awareness is growing around glyphosate and agrochemicals in general that politics can no longer afford to ignore.

No agreement on glyphosate

Today, the EU vote on the Commission’s proposal to extend authorization of glyphosate for another 18 months. For the third time, Member States did not reach a qualified majority on the renewal of this pesticide.

A Common Food Policy

On April 7, Slow Food attended the kick-off meeting of a three-year process of research and dialogue on a common food policy for Europe.