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Feasibility study as setting glyphosate levels

Industrial-based writer – denied key statement – Parliament must ban glyphosate

Vienna (OTS) GLOBAL 2000 calls on MPs from all political groups not to be influenced by "Feasibility Studies" presented today at today's vote on the ban on glyphosate. The content, time and circumstances of the presentation of a study commissioned by ex-minister Elisabeth Köstinger in December 2017 raise questions about the background and motives of the publication.

"Presentation of feasibility studies with the key message that the ban on glyphosate is not feasible, the day before the ban on ban is very suspicious and can be interpreted as an attempt to influence the parliamentary decision," says Helmut Burtscher-Schaden, biochemist GLOBAL 2000 and fiction author The Glyphosate & quot; The late publication date prevents critical review of the study by parliamentary experts. "

As important as the careful and objective analysis of these 257 pages, Director of Feasibility Study, Siegrid Steinkellner, led the Department of Crop Protection at BOKU at yesterday's press conference, providing scientifically unacceptable and unfounded risk statements. from Gyphosata.

Lack of distance from the glyphosate manufacturer
One of the most controversial arguments used by the manufacturer of glyphosate Monsanto in glyphosate glyphosate categorization in WHO in 2015 at the WHO was to compare the number of glyphosate cancers with red meat, night work or hot drinks.

The fact that the feasibility study leader calls for this scientifically and legally unsubstantiated argument of yesterday's lobbying of pesticides in front of a crowded press, reducing the risks of glyphosate, questions not only its impartiality and scientific qualifications, but also the study it conducted. Another indicator of the lack of distance to the pesticide industry could also be seen in its work in the Management Board of the Austrian Society for Integrated Crop Protection. It is on the side of the glyphosate manufacturers such as Bayer and Syngenta, representatives of the Chemical Industry Association and the Crop Protection Industries Group.

Verifying the facts contradicts the key message of feasibility study
It is also unattractive to the opinion of European lawyer Walter Obwexer: It is based on the key message of feasibility study, and a complete ban in Austria would not be possible. However, Obwexer's statement was also presented the day before the vote. However, since December 2017, Obwiser's opinion is available to the contracting authority – here again the Ministry of Agriculture under the guidance of the ÖVP. Late release has made it impossible to carefully examine the legal opinion of Obwexer.

Surprised by Obwexer's legal opinion, French writer and journalist Le Monde Stéphane Foucart, who won the European prize for journalists in the survey, talked with GLOBAL 2000. For example, in one case in France, France in 2016 withdrew pesticides with still active active chlorpyrifosic substances in the EU, and 2018 pesticides containing neonicotinoids, and thus all pesticides with active trichloprid and acetamiprid at EU level. Foucart, who will soon publish a book on neonicotinoids and its bans, does not see that the French government has fulfilled the "conditions" of Walter Obwexer for national unilateralism. "

"What we have presented yesterday as a feasibility study is actually a prevention study," Burtscher-Schaden summarizes: "It was commissioned by the Agriculture Ministry under the auspices of the ÖVP in December 2017 and has since been used to vote for the 2017 proposed Today, ÖVP uses a feasibility study to promote its proposal to ban "glyphosate light", which leaves agriculture out, even though it accounts for 90 percent of Austrian use of glyphosate, resulting in water, soil, food and human body contamination.

On June 12, SPÖ, FPÖ and NOW announced they would end it. GLOBAL 2000 shared with representatives of all factions their criticism of the Obwexer Report and the Feasibility Study. We hope to stand today behind our announcements.

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