Luxembourg will be the first EU country to ban glyphosate starting February. The veto on this pesticide suspected of causing cancer will have three stages and will be completed by the end of the year. On February 1, authorities will no longer authorize its marketing; then and until June 30 there will be a deadline to deplete reserves, and finally, there will be a grace period for its use until the end of the year.
Nearly 60% of the country's farms have already given up the pesticide, according to the Luxembourg government.
The country is confident that other Member States will imitate their example.
Different opinions about its carcinogenic risks
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned in 2015 about the carcinogenic risks of glyphosate. However, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) later claimed to have scientific evidence to classify this herbicide, the most used in the world, as non-carcinogenic.
In December 2017, the European Commission (EC) adopted the renewal of glyphosate for five years and stated that each country was responsible for its final authorization within their territories.