Responding to the news that giant agri-corp Monsanto has been forced to pay almost $300m in compensation as a US jury rules weedkiller caused man's cancer, Green MEP Keith Taylor said:
"The Dewayne Johnson case is a historic victory for science, our environment and public health. The court was forced to critically assess the evidence of the impacts of the toxic weedkiller glyphosate; something policymakers have long refused to do. And the evidence constructed and manipulated by Monsanto was rightly dismissed as neither independent or trustworthy."
"That it is a Californian jury that has been forced to do what national Governments, blinded by lobbying, have refused to do is a shameful indictment of the corporate corruption of democracy."
In April, the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament produced a mini-documentary exposing Monsanto's 'Toxic Tricks' upon the release of the so-called 'Monsanto Papers'. Mr Taylor continued:
"Greens in the European Parliament will continue pushing for an end to the licensing of glyphosate products that are not only linked with cancer in humans but proven to have destructive effects on biodiversity and soil health while keeping the levers of food production across the world in the hands of ever fewer corporations."
Just days after the ruling, UK Environment Minister Therese Coffey tweeted her support for Monsanto's Roundup weed killer.
Responding to the tweet, Mr Taylor, a member of the European Parliament's Environment and Public Health Committee and long-time glyphosate campaigner, added:
"Greens in the UK will continue pushing the UK Government to drop its uncritical support for glyphosate and its constant attempts to block any EU-wide ban. But the Environment Minister Therese Coffey's decision to express support for Monsanto's toxic Roundup weedkiller just days after the California ruling is an extremely worrying omen for the prospects of a glyphosate-free Britain post-Brexit. The fight in Britain and Europe is far from over."