Food and agriculture

Agribusiness lobbying in Brussels involves biotech, food, animal feed, agrofuels and pesticide producers targeting decision makers to weaken regulations or to get subsidies. You can find CEO's work on food and agriculture here or visit our specific page on the EU's food safety authority (EFSA).

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In the last days before a key vote by EU national governements on glyphosate, the pesticides industry and its allies are waging a dirty battle to destroy the reputation of the International Agency for Research Against Cancer (IARC). One scientist in particular, Dr C. Portier, whose work exposed many flaws and limitations in the risk assessment of glyphosate performed by EU agencies, is the target of their attacks. This analysis tries to dispell the lies from the facts.

Jess Rowlands, a US expert exposed in the "Monsanto Papers" in a possible collusion with Monsanto, intervened in EFSA's glyphosate assessment, providing information which comforted EFSA in its decision to discard the conclusions of a key study showing cancer in mice exposed to glyphosate. Following the revelation, EFSA told the press and civil society that it had double-checked Rowlands' information. But when requested by CEO to prove it had actually performed these double-checks, EFSA had nothing to show.

After many years of criticism and a very long drafting process, EFSA has finally adopted and published its new independence policy. But does it solve the problems it needs to solve? A lot remains unclear. Here is our first analysis.

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