A wave of glyphosate bans are being introduced by member states in Europe while the issue of the chemical’s reauthorization at EU level drags on. Among the most dramatic developments has been the announcement by Belgium’s federal minister of agriculture, Willy Borsus, that he wants to ban the sale and use of herbicides by non-professionals. He voiced particular concern over glyphosate.
„Considering the risk-benefit balance, there is no justification for the use of herbicides for individuals,“ Borsus said. He said there were safer alternatives, such as heat treatment, mechanical weeding, or bio-pesticides.
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