The authorization for the use of this herbicide in the EU expired on December 31 last year, and this week the European Commission would have to decide for renewal for another 15 years. Due to the increasing pressure and sensitivity of public opinion, the proposal which was to be voted on by the Standing Committee of Paff (Committee on Plants, animals, food and feed) and, according to rumors, all Member States, except Sweden, would be in favor, has been temporarily postponed.
Even in Italy the Minister of Agriculture Maurizio Martina and that one of Health Beatrice Lorenzin announced the opposite orientation of their ministries to the use of the substance reappointment. They are joined by 32 associations - from WWF, Greenpeace, to Italian Fai, Legambiente and Italia Nostra - who signed a petition to totally ban it and "remove the product from all production protocols that contain it and exclude the companies that make use of any prize in the regional Program for rural development (RDP)."
According to promoting associations, in fact, without an official ban, agriculture regional programs will consider it as sustainable and will encourage the use of a potentially carcinogenic product for humans, and that 2013-2014 Mit studies suspect to underlie the onset of a disorder such as celiac disease.