The citizens’ initiative to ask Brussels to ban the herbicide forever has been launched
The fact that glyphosate is one of the issues that really gets to people is a given. Whenever an update comes out, the shares, clicks and comments trace extraordinary curves on graphs.
Personally I got serious about glyphosate, a weed killer that was sold for the first time by Monsanto in 1974, after being lucky enough to see images by Pablo Ernesto Piovano exhibited at the Lodi ethical photography exhibition in 2015. From there, I decided to be the voice for images that had almost too much to say.
The readers’ response exceeded all my expectations though, helping me to understand that the issue might just be the DDT of our time. Just as Rachel Carson and all the activists were able to shed light on the dangers to health and the environment of that cursed insecticide, going so far as to force governments to ban it during the Seventies and Eighties (it was banned in Italy in 1969), we are now responsible for putting pressure on governments to ban the use of glyphosate on farmland once and for all.
This is why the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) launched on 8 February is a fundamental step on the path towards protecting the health of people, animals, plants and soil. The ECI is an instrument with which to ask the European Commission to introduce a law on glyphosate.
It is not a classic petition, but a democratic instrument that we can make count in asking Brussels and the 28 countries that form the European Union to move an issue deemed fundamental by the people to the top of their political agenda. In order to achieve this though, we need to collect one million signatures from citizens residing in at least seven EU nations in the space of one year. In this case, it is essential we achieve this goal by the summer so there is time to adopt legislation before the end of the year, when the European authorisation extension regarding the use of glyphosate will expire.
We need to act now, each day is essential in ensuring this initiative is a success. To ensure that glyphosate goes the same way as DDT.