Glyphosate Re-registration

As growers and advisors, we believe we should stand together and campaign positively for the re-approval of glyphosate. On careful risk based assessments, it has been clearly demonstrated to have had no known issues for over 35 years.

The good news recently delivered by ECHA, regarding the classification of glyphosate as non-carcinogenic, should now be seen as a starting point for the continued campaign to get glyphosate re-registered.

On 11 April, EU Farm Commissioner Mr Phil Hogan said that “hopefully in the next few weeks we can get a decision to reauthorise glyphosate for at least the next 10 years.” We are now much more hopeful that glyphosate will maintain its registration.

Since glyphosate's classification has not changed, do we need to continue the campaign?

The answer is sadly yes, since those who seek to have it banned will now increase the pressure on politicians within Europe. There are six months from the adoption of the ECHA decision to re-register glyphosate, and it will be very politically charged process, so please do write to your MEP/MP and ensure they support the sound science of the EU’s own Chemical Agency.

How can you help?

We are asking you to write to your MP and local MEPs to request their support in the re-registration of Glyphosate. A campaign of positive messages highlighting the benefits of glyphosate to the farming industry is needed, especially when looking ahead at uncertainties such as Brexit.

Alternatively, you can arrange to see your local MP at one of their surgeries and explain to them personally the importance of glyphosate to your business.

What next?

We have prepared a draft letter of supporting information and suggestions for how you can approach your MP/MEP. We recommend that you use your own words to highlight how important glyphosate is in helping you produce crops that may otherwise have to be imported. Please include any specific comments relevant to your own farm situations.  Many thanks for your support. You can download the copy of the letter template here