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FARM ONLINE | Glyphosate approved for ten years in the EU

The European Commission (EC), the bureaucratic arm of the European Union (EU) has made the decision to re-register the use of the herbicide glyphosate for another decade.

This week the EC announced it had extended the approval for the use of glyphosate until December 2033.

It comes after a number of EU countries, such as France, Austria and Germany, had either moved to ban or dramatically restrict the use of the controversial weed killer, which opponents claim is linked to cancers such as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Australian farm lobby groups, long supportive of glyphosate, which they claim helps them to develop sustainable long term cropping systems, welcomed the news.

Andrew Weidemann, Grain Producers Australia research and development spokesperson, said the decision was a victory for science-based evidence.


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