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Glyphosate and Birth Defects - Earth Open Source

Glyphosate and Birth Defects - Earth Open Source

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Científicos europeos colaboradores de Earth Open Source se expiden con mucho detalle e información sobre la relación entre el uso de plaguicidas y los defectos de nacimiento.
Científicos europeos colaboradores de Earth Open Source se expiden con mucho detalle e información sobre la relación entre el uso de plaguicidas y los defectos de nacimiento.

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Te glyphosate question has arisen at a crucial
moment in EU pesticides regulation. Te old
Directive 91/41422

is in the process of being
replaced by the new Regulation 1107/2009,23
which comes into force in June 2011. Te new law
contains stringent requirements to protect public
health and the environment. It has the potential
to set the gold standard for pesticide safety
assessments internationally, bringing the system
more into line with public health interests.
Te new pesticide regulation 1107/2009
makes clear that the European Parliament
and Council will no longer rely for pesticides
approvals on industry-generated “grey
literature”24

and studies that are hidden from the
public under commercial confdentiality rules.
It states that the “scientifc peer-reviewed open
literature” must be taken into account from now
on in assessing pesticides.25
Te regulation also solves the problem of
old and outdated studies dominating pesticides
approvals dossiers. It states that studies from

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the open literature published within the last ten
years before submission of the dossier must be
included in the assessment.26
But the EU Commission appears to be doing ev-
erything in its power to fout the intent of the new
regulation. It is putting massive energy and re-
sources into prolonging the approval of pesticides
under the old, less stringent rule, instead of what
it should be doing – working on the evaluation of
pesticides under the new Regulation 1107/2009. If
the Commission gets its way, glyphosate and other
dangerous pesticides will avoid the scrutiny of the
new regulation for many years.

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