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Use of glyphosate

Event date: 31/10/2017

Use of glyphosate

Glyphosate-based pesticides (i.e. formulations containing glyphosate and other chemicals) are used in agriculture and horticulture, primarily to combat weeds that compete with cultivated crops.

Glyphosate is an active substance used for the production of pesticides, which has been authorised in the EU since 2002. It is the most frequently used herbicide worldwide and in the EU, and one of several hundred active substances that have been assessed by Member States and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in recent years.

News history

MEPs want a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2020, and immediate restrictions on the use of the substance.

Hearing on the Monsanto papers and Glyphosate during a meeting of the Environment, Public Health and Food safety (ENVI) and Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) Committees

The EU’s executive body is to say whether it will investigate allegations of undue influence from Monsanto over the EU approval of herbicide substance glyphosate

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