Glyphosate: Where Is It Banned Or Restricted?
Faizan Hashmi Published September 21, 2023 | 12:20 AM
Paris, Sept 20 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Sep, 2023 ) :One of the world's most popular weedkillers, glyphosate, has divided the scientific and health community, prompting several countries either to ban or limit its use.
But on Wednesday the European Commission proposed to authorise its use for another 10 years in the EU, after a report found there was no reason to block it.
AFP looks at the situation around the world: - Europe: individual bans - Glyphosate has been debated in the EU for years but not banned. Its current authorisation expired in December 2022 but it was extended for a year while scientists reviewed its safety.
Under pressure from environmentalists, individual countries have tried to curb its use.
Germany, the home of chemicals giant Bayer which bought Monsanto in 2018, has banned it in public spaces and plans a total ban at the end of this year.
Austria and Luxembourg both tried, but failed, to ban glyphosate.
California has led the charge against Monsanto, with several cities and counties banning or restricting glyphosate.
The Environmental Protection Agency in 2019 ruled it was "not likely to be carcinogenic to humans." - Latin America - The health agency of agriculture powerhouse Brazil also concluded in 2019 that glyphosate presented no risk to human health.