the debate over glyphosate has not been a scientific discussion but an activists’ war against ‘big agri’. glyphosate is scientifically proven to be safe and should be re-authorised.acting within the remit of its mandate, the european commission decided on 29 june 2016 to extend the marketing authorisation of glyphosate, the active substance of the world’s most commonly-used herbicide, until the end of 2017 at the latest. it noted, quite unusually, that “member states were not prepared to take responsibility for a decision”. indeed, four attempts – two of which constituted a formal vote – to garner a qualified majority between march and june 2016 had been unsuccessful, despite an overwhelming majority of 20 member states in favour of renewal.the required majority by population could not be reached because of the failure of major states to exercise their voting right – or, more properly, their duty. germany abstained twice, as per the wishes of the spd, the minority par...