We, along with 22 other NGOs, wrote to the European Parliament’s newly formed pesticide committee (PEST).

The glyphosate controversy and the eventual decision to re-approve the chemical for another five years has exposed some fundamental failures of the EU’s pesticide approval system. It revealed the staggering influence of chemical companies on EU scientific assessments and a complete disregard for the concerns of independent scientists, the European Parliament and the general public.

The re-approval glyphosate has seriously damaged trust in the EU and its ability to protect Europeans from harm. We hope that the PEST Committee can rebuild this trust by investigating the failures of the EU pesticides regime and by making practicable recommendations for improvement.