Vella: Carcinogenic pesticides ‘have to be addressed’

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New research suggesting that pesticides could create cancer among humans should trigger policymakers into action, said Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Q: The United Nation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer earlier this month classified a series of pesticides – including the active agent in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer – as a probable carcinogen. Does this correspond to new scientific information that would call for EU rules on pesticides to be modified?

A: I would expect so. In fact the purpose of the discussion this morning is to see if the environment and agriculture are collaborating together. As far as I am concerned, you cannot separate one from the other.

Unfortunately, it is true that there are agricultural processes which are not underpinning the environment.

Q: Should these pesticides be banned?

A: They should be addressed, the issue should be addressed. First of all, we have to verify what the issue is, and from there we can move forward.

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