Countries That Banned Glyphosate Weedkiller (Updated)

By - November 8, 2018
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Many countries around the world have taken the lead in banning glyphosate, which is believed by some experts to lead to cancer and other diseases in humans and animals. Some of the countries that have imposed bans or restrictions on the chemical include the following:

  • France: In January 2019, France has now banned the sale, distribution and use of Roundup. The French agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety, ANSES, issued a brief statement on the matter, confirming the decision on Tuesday last (January 15).
  • Brazil: In August 2018, a judge in Brasilia stated that new products with glyphosate could not be registered in Brazil. Current regulations for the chemical also were suspended, pending a review of toxicological data by the country’s health agency – Anvisa. In September 2018, a court in the country overturned the federal judge’s ruling. Anvisa recently issued a statement after the court decision to overturn the ruling, saying it would take steps in response.
  • Canada: Eight of the 10 provinces in Canada have some type of restriction on the use of non-essential pesticides, such as glyphosate. Vancouver recently issued a ban on the public and private use of the chemical.
  • Columbia: In 2015, the country outlawed the use of the chemical to destroy plantations if illegal coca, which is the raw ingredient for cocaine. But in January 2017, the country restarted its glyphosate fumigation program to destroy coca. But the new program does not allow for aerial fumigation; it must be manually sprayed on the ground.
  • Greece: This was one of the nine EU countries that voted against the relicensing of glyphosate in November 2017. The country also was one of the six EU states that signed a letter in 2018 that called for an exit plan for the chemical. According to the Greek Minister of Agricultural Development, it is the duty of the government to push towards risk management in the interests of the environment, consumers and producers. However, in March 2018, the Greek government approved a five-year license for Roundup to be used in the country.
  • Italy: The Ministry of Health has put several restrictions on glyphosate use. Legislators here also have raised concerns about how safe glyphosate is, and have opposed the relicensing of the herbicide in the EU. In 2016, the government banned the use of the chemical for pre-harvest treatments and put restrictions on the use of the chemical in areas that the public frequent. In November 2017, it was one of the seven EU countries to vote against relicensing the chemical.
  • Luxembourg: One of the biggest supermarket chains in the country took glyphosate from shelves after the IARC glyphosate report came out. This country was one of nine in the EU that voted against relicensing the chemical in November 2017.
  • Malta: This country began the process of starting a total ban on glyphosate in Malta in 2017. But the Environment Minister backtracked that year, saying the nation would keep opposing use of the chemical but would fall in line with the EU and wait for more studies to be done. In November 2017, Malta was one of the nine EU countries that voted to relicense the chemical.
  • Netherlands: This nation has banned all non-commercial use of glyphosate. New Zealand: Auckland and Christchurch have passed laws to reduce the use of glyphosate for pest and weed control in public spaces. The Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility in the country called for the chemical to be banned in 2015.
  • Portugal: It is banned to use glyphosate in all public areas. The President of the Portuguese Medical Association has also called for a ban of the substance.
  • Scotland: The city of Aberdeen has reduced the use of the herbicide and Edinburgh’s City Council has voted to phase out the use of the chemical. In November 2017, five of Scotland’s six EU parliamentarians voted to phase out the use of the chemical by 2022.
  • Slovenia: One of six EU member states that signed a 2018 letter to the EC citing concerns about risks associated with the chemical. The letter asked the Commission to come up with an exit plan for glyphosate.
  • Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Zaragoza and Extremuda have agreed to ban the chemical. The regions of La Rioja and Aragon have also approved motions against chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system, including glyphosate.
  • Sweden: Increasing concerns about the chemical and its safety has made the country to push against relicensing the herbicide in the EU. In 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency announced that it would tighten rules on the private use of plant protection products. Under this plan, private users would be allowed to use products that have low risk substances in them. The SCA stated that glyphosate is an example of an active substance that would not be expected to be in the low risk group. So, over time, it is likely that consumers would not be allowed to use any herbicide that contains glyphosate.
  • Switzerland: Concerns about the well being of the public, major supermarket chains Micgros and Coop took glyphosate-based products from their shelves in 2017 because of health risks. The Green party also issued a plan to ban the substance in Switzerland. But the proposed plan was rejected by the Federal Council.
  • United States: No ban, yet, or probably ever.

There is no ban on glyphosate in the United States, even though the IARC report in 2015 stated it is a probable human carcinogen

But the EPA continues to hold that the chemical is probably not a carcinogen to humans. So, Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides are not banned here.

References

  • Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit – Where Is Glyphosate Banned? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/toxic-tort-law/monsanto-roundup-lawsuit/where-is-glyphosate-banned/
Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett is Editor-in-Chief of WeedKillerCrisis. Since 1999, he's worked across a multitude of areas of consumer protection including defective products, environmental issues, identity theft, predatory lending and more.

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