"BRUSSELS -- European politicians advised on Wednesday that the herbicide glyphosate should only be approved for another seven years, rather than the 15 proposed by the EU executive, and should not be used by the general public.
Environmental campaigners have demanded a ban on glyphosate, which is used in products such as Monsanto's Roundup, on the grounds it can cause cancer, though EU and U.N. scientists disagree on whether there is a link.
The European Commission has proposed glyphosate be approved for 15 years when an existing license expires at the end of June.
Wednesday's European Parliament motion supported renewal for seven years and urged a ban on non-professional use, as well as in and around public parks and playgrounds."
Barbara Lewis reports for Reuters April 13, 2016.
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