The European Commission authorises the continued use of glyphosate for a further 10 years

2023/11/21 Etxebeste Aduriz, Egoitz - Elhuyar Zientzia Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria

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The European Commission has renewed its authorisation to use glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world, for the next ten years. This decision is based on safety assessments carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

New conditions and restrictions have been established, such as the prohibition of pre-harvest use in land crops and the adoption of protective measures for unwanted living creatures. And governments can impose more restrictions or ban use in their countries.

The decision has given rise to various reactions in the scientific community. Indeed, much has been discussed in recent years about the safety of glyphosate for use in crops and its environmental impact. Some studies suggest the relationship between glyphosate and some cancers, while others point out that following the guidelines, it is not harmful to consumers. Much research has been done on glyphosate but there is no consensus.


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