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Fears Grow That EU Glyphosate Ban Could Disrupt Global Trade


(Emmet Livingstone – Politico)

Some of Europe’s biggest trade partners fear a potential EU ban on glyphosate could hit exports of crops ranging from Australian wheat to Brazilian soybeans.

Just seven weeks before the license for the world’s most common weedkiller runs out in Europe, agricultural powerhouses, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada and New Zealand, are pushing Brussels for answers over the fate of their exports to the EU.

Their chief concern: If the EU blocks its own farmers from using glyphosate, those same farmers could make it almost impossible, politically, for Europe to continue importing food grown using the herbicide. To avoid accusations of double standards, EU countries will be under massive pressure to restrict imported products containing glyphosate. Click here to read more.

Related: EU Votes on 5-Year Glyphosate Extension (Reuters)