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By Graciela Vizcay Gomez
EU regulations prohibit the use of pesticides classified as carcinogens or probable carcinogens. However, the EU regulations refer to the EU classification for carcinogenicity not the IARC classification.
Originally, when the authorization for glyphosate expired, the European Commission proposed allowing its sale for another 14 years. But this proposal, widely criticized by NGOs and civil society, did not receive the support of the Member States. In the end, the Commission was forced to extend the approval for just 18 months and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) was asked to publish an opinion on the safety of glyphosate in the spring of this year. On March 15, 2017, a summary of this ruling was published that removes glyphosate from any carcinogenic risk to humans. The ball is now in the court of the European Commission, as it will soon make a new proposal to the Member States.
In this context, Générations Futures wanted to know more about the degree of exposure of the French to this widely used herbicide. They chose to carry out a urinalysis of 30 people, including men and women between the ages of 8 and 60, living in the city and in the countryside and on a varied diet, organic and non-organic, vegetarian and non- vegetarian. A number of French celebrities agreed to participate. The analysis was carried out with the help of an ELISA test.
Research, despite the use of the ELISA method, still demonstrates the pervasiveness of this dangerous molecule in our bodies:
• 100% of the analyzed samples contained glyphosate at a concentration above the lower limit of quantification (LoQ = 0.075ng / ml).
• The average glyphosate concentration found in the samples was 1.25 ng / ml of urine.
• The sample with the lowest value was 0.09 ng / ml and the highest value was 2.89 ng / ml, which is 32.11 times higher than the lowest value.
• Twenty-nine of the 30 samples (96.66%) contained concentrations that were above the maximum allowable concentration of pesticides in water (0.1 ng / ml).
"Unfortunately, these tests confirmed what we feared when we consulted surveys carried out in other parts of Europe and the world: we are all contaminated with glyphosate. It is time for the European authorities to become aware of the urgency of action and finally ban this considered molecule! as carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer! "says François Veillerette, spokesperson for Générations Futures.
"Not all the cards are played yet. We can still stop the authorization of this substance. Therefore, we invite citizens to take action and join the 500,000 Europeans who have already signed the European Citizens' Initiative calling for a ban on this dangerous molecule, "he concludes.
The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) also calls for a ban on glyphosate. Génon K. Jensen, Executive Director of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), says: "This study shows that everyone who was tested in France has been exposed to glyphosate. This means that, in all probability, all Europeans are contaminated, potentially raising everyone's risk of cancer.