'Austria's parliament banned A controversial 'cancer-causing' herbicide which has been connected to a 13,000 US lawsuit.
The country today paved the way to become the first EU member to forbid all use of glyphosate, which has been linked to Roundup.
Austria's lower house of parliament passed a bill banning all uses of the weedkiller, closely connected to the flagship product marketed worldwide by US giant Monsanto which was taken over by Germany's Bayer in 2018.
Deputies voted in favour of a bill brought by the Social Democratic party to ban glyphosate products, suspected of causing cancer, as a 'precautionary' measure.
Under fire for the takeover, the German company has vowed more 'transparency' during the process of renewing the licence of glyphosate in the European Union.
It has insisted however that glyphosate 'will continue to play an important role in agriculture and in Bayer's portfolio'.
Glyphosate is classified as 'probably carcinogenic' by the World Health Organisation (WHO), but the EU in December 2017 renewed the licence of the weedkiller across Europe for five years.
Roundup has been the subject of three costly judgements in California in recent months and is now part of more than 13,000 claims in the United States.
Among Austria's EU partners, France said in 2017 it hoped to ban glyphosate within three years, but President Emmanuel Macron has since said such a move.
Some lawmakers raised concerns the ban would fall foul of European Union law. In late 2017, the EU approved a five-year extension to the use of glyphosate.
Other EU countries have passed partial bans of glyphosate, developed by Bayer-owned Monsanto, although France has lowered its ambitions on a ban, highlighting its usefulness in agriculture. Austria has embraced organic farming more than other EU member state.
'The scientific evidence of the plant poison's carcinogenic effect is increasing. It is our responsibility to ban this poison from our environment,' the leader of Austria's Social Democrats, Pamela Rendi-Wagner, said in a statement.'
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