The War on Glyphosate Spreads
Although glyphosate has been in use in crop fields since 1974, debate over the safety and continued use of the herbicide has never been more intense than now, writes Eric Sfiligoj on CropLife.com. And the scope of these attacks is spreading.
In reality, says Bob Reiter, Global Head of Research and Development, Crop Science Division for Bayer, glyphosate never should have been come under such fire from regulators around the world. “Glyphosate is one of the most studied molecules that has ever been introduced into the agricultural marketplace,” Reiter says. “Time and time again it’s been shown to have a tremendous safety record.”
That fact, however, has been disputed in some parts of the world recently. In fact, in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a report concluding that glyphosate was “probably a cause of cancer.” Although this finding has been contradicted by research from other regulatory agencies around the world in the intervening years, many glyphosate opponents have consistently cited the IARC report as “proof” that the herbicide is dangerous to human health and should be banned.