Glyphosate – EU Parliament Vote on Extended Licence would like to bring to the attention of its members that a vote in the European Parliament to renew the licence for use of glyphosate for 10 years is due on the 16 November 2023. is a member of Parkinson’s Europe. Parkinson’s Europe is the only European Parkinson’s umbrella organisation. They have been championing and working with the global Parkinson’s community for nearly 30 years. 

As the leading voice for Parkinson’s in Europe, they provide trusted information; advance and share good practices; raise awareness and improve understanding of the condition; and facilitate research collaboration. Parkinson’s Europe have asked for to raise awareness around glyphosate and the vote in the European Parliament and provided the templates to support.  

Right now, the Parkinson’s community across Europe has a crucial opportunity to halt the use of the controversial pesticide glyphosate – which has been linked to public health risks including cancer, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative conditions – but we need to act fast.  

There is no cure for Parkinson’s, but this is a chance to help prevent a potential cause of Parkinson’s and protect public health. 

Why are we concerned about glyphosate? 

Glyphosate is the most widely used pesticide in Europe but yet there is no concrete evidence that it is safe. Many national and international Parkinson’s experts believe that the current EU testing and authorisation of glyphosate is flawed. 

But what we do know is that glyphosate is linked to loss of biodiversity, bee mortality and most alarmingly there is growing evidence it is a possible cause of Parkinson’s

For example, there is evidence to suggest a link between exposure to glyphosate and damage to the specific brain region involved in Parkinson’s disease.  A large number of studies have shown that farmers and residents living near agricultural plots have a significantly increased risk of Parkinson’s

Elsewhere, studies also suggest that the long term effects of exposure to glyphosate include cancer, infertility, pregnancy problems, birth defects and respiratory diseases

Find out more: read our Glyphosate FAQs

What can we do about glyphosate? 

The European Commission is about to vote on a proposed 10-year extension to the license to use the controversial pesticide Glyphosate. EU Member States are allowed to vote on this proposal. 

An earlier vote in October failed to secure the necessary qualified majority to pass the renewal, so another vote will be held on 16th November. This has given us a unique opportunity to make our voices heard. 

We need to persuade European governments and policy makers to vote against the renewal at the new vote on 16th November.  

We then propose a one-year extension to glyphosate’s licence which will allow time to undertake the necessary independent scientific research to fully demonstrate whether or not glyphosate is safe to use. 

How can you help? 

There are three quick, easy and effective actions you can take to help ban glyphosate: 

  • Email your local Ministeries for Agriculture, Health and Environment 
    We need you to join us in telling your local representatives how important this issue is to you so they can make that clear at the European Commission ahead of the vote on 16th November. 
    You can use our letter template to make this even simpler when contacting your key stakeholders. Additionally, you can use our ‘elevator pitch‘ when talking to them. 
  • Support our social media campaign 
    Use our social media materials that you can find here to make some noise on social media. Moreover, like and share our social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to show your public support where policymakers will see it. 
  • Spread the word 
    We have produced a press release template for you to spread the word. You can also tell your friends, family, local Parkinson’s groups and more about this campaign so they can add their voices to support the ban on glyphosate. 

Further information 

Additional resources that you can use for your campaign: