Greek environmentalists have blasted the government for giving American multinational Monsanto a five-year license to trade a controversial herbicide in the country.
The decision to approve the marketing of Roundup Flex in Greece, following approval by EU authorities, was taken in the beginning of March by the Ministry of Rural Development and went largely unnoticed.
Naturefriends Greece says the product could be harmful as it contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer.
Roundup Flex is a soluble concentrate which, according to the manufacturers, has demonstrated excellent results in a wide range of challenging conditions.
Naturefriends claims the Greek government ignored warnings from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and decisions by the European Parliament.
It also points to resolutions by dozens of civil society organizations and the signatures of 1.3 million people gathered in 2017 who demanded a ban on the carcinogenic substance glyphosate.