Why Europe may ban the most popular weed killer in the world - It’s not just about cancer, is it?
Without glyphosate, fighting weeds will get more expensive and more complicated.
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Why Europe may ban the most popular weed killer in the world By Erik Stokstad Jun. 17, 2016 , 10:00 AM
It's hard to find an herbicide like glyphosate. It’s cheap, highly effective, and is generally regarded as one of the safest and most environmentally benign herbicides ever discovered. But a report last year that glyphosate could cause cancer has thrown its future into jeopardy. Now the European Union faces a 30 June deadline to reapprove its use, or glyphosate will not be allowed for sale. Here's a quick explanation of the issues.