Trade Minister’s Office Monitoring EU Glyphosate Decision

The Canadian government says it’s following the situation surrounding the European Union’s looming deadline for glyphosate. The EU’s authorization for the herbicide is set to expire on June 30th, with member states so far unable to come to an agreement to approve a new license.

Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland was not available for an interview, but “Canada is closely monitoring the situation in the EU,” said Francois Lasalle, spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development in a written response to RealAg on Freeland’s behalf.

After failing three times to renew or extend the license for glyphosate, the issue will go to an EU Commission appeal panel on June 23, but there are expectations the opposition from a group of countries led by France will not change.

If approval isn’t granted by the end of the month, EU member states would have six months to withdraw glyphosate products. For Canada and other countries that export to the EU, unless an exception is created, import tolerances for glyphosate would revert to the default for any unapproved chemistry, potentially disrupting trade.

“We respect the EU’s right to manage the registration of pesticides for use in the EU. The Canadian government also strongly encourages European member states to support the reauthorized use of glyphosate,” continued the trade department’s written response.

Read more background on the EU glyphosate decision, EU imports of glyphosate-tolerant crops, and what failure to reauthorize would mean for maximum residue levels here.

 

Kelvin Heppner

Kelvin Heppner is a field editor and radio host for RealAgriculture and RealAg Radio. He's been reporting on agriculture on the prairies and across Canada since 2008(ish). He farms with his family near Altona, Manitoba, and is on Twitter at @realag_kelvin. @realag_kelvin

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