Campaigners want to see glyphosate banished to the history books, but EU countries have hit deadlock on the future of the weedkiller, which some experts claim causes cancer.
The bloc has failed to approve or reject a European Commission proposal for a five year licence extension.
“We don’t expect the Member States’ position to change at this point. Therefore the Commission should listen, they should listen now and change their proposal into a ban on glyphosate,” said Franziska Achterberg, Greenpeace’s EU Food Policy Director.
“We have a lot of experience with the appeal committee on GMOs, on pesticides. In general, positions do not change.”
Europe has been wrestling over what to do with the chemical for two years.