Despite this, the European Commission’s proposal to extend its use relies on a highly-criticized assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conducted by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) that glyphosate is “non-carcinogenic.” Not only has that study been strongly rebuked by nearly 100 scientists who point to “serious flaws” in its scientific evaluation, much of the evidence is based on research that Monsanto and other glyphosate producers refuse to disclose due to supposed “trade secrets,” according to a recent study by the watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory.

“We won’t take risks with glyphosate and we don’t think that the analysis done so far is good enough,” said Sweden’s environment minister, Åsa Romson, ahead of the vote. “We will propose that no decision is taken until further analysis has been done and the EFSA scientists have been more transparent about their considerations.”

Romson said that Sweden is “raising concerns because our citizens are raising concerns. They want to feel safe and secure with food and production in our society.”

Meanwhile, a new study by the Heinrich Böll Foundation found that nearly all people tested showed glyphosate residue in their urine and a striking three-quarters of the German target group “displayed levels that were five times higher than the legal limit of drinking water,” EurActiv reported Monday.

“The most significant values were found in children aged from zero to nine and adolescents aged 10 to 19, particularly those individuals raised on farms,” the report notes.

Harald Ebner, a genetic engineering and bio-economic expert with the German Greens, said that since the study—the largest of its kind—proved that “nearly every single one of us has been contaminated by plant poison, it is clear to me that no new authorizations for 2031 should be issued,” referring to the Commission vote.

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