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Resistant weeds and fears of health effects – so where does that leave New Zealand in the battle against invasive weeds?
Extract from Chemical and Engineering News: “A controversial report released earlier this year by the World Health Organization [Ed: the report is based in part on this paper in The Lancet] raised questions and fears about whether governments have sufficiently evaluated this much-used chemical.”
The report, released in March by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen.” California was quick to follow suit, announcing earlier this month that it intends to add the herbicide to the state’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer.
The French government in June banned retailers from selling glyphosate-based herbicides to consumers because of concerns over health risks. And retailers in Germany began voluntarily pulling glyphosate products from their store shelves. Read on…