British MEP Anthea McIntyre has mounted a "robust defence" of the threatened weedkiller glyphosate when a petition against it was debated in the European Parliament.
European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety to hear from anti-glyphosate campaigners
On 20 November, the ENVI committee in association with the PETI, ITRE and AGRI and Committees will hold a hearing on the European Citizens' Initiative "Ban glyphosate and protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides".
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), has found there was no association between glyphosate "and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall, including non-Hogkin Lymphoma (NHL) and its subtypes".
Homebase/Bunnings is to end the sale of plants grown that have been treated with neonicotinoids.
Defra secretary of state Michael Gove's tough new stance on neonicotinoids has increased the focus on garden centres, which are accused of selling plants dosed with the pesticides that are linked to declining bee health.
More than 250 plant health experts from around the world met in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, this week to share and debate the latest scientific developments on efforts to tackle the spread of Xylella fastidiosa.
After Defra said it wants an end to neonicotinoid use, Friends of the Earth has increased its campaign demanding Homebase/Bunnings ban use of the pesticides and for the RHS to be clear on neonics in Perfect for Pollinators, while EFSA says it will update risk assessments.
Sustainable use of pesticides and ways to tackle antimicrobial resistance were debated by Agriculture MEPs and European Parliament Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on 13 November.
The former HTA president says the industry, now more than ever, needs to co-operate.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced plans to consult on a new, independent body for environmental standards.