Currently several countries of the European Union are analyzing whether or not to ban glyphosate, an active ingredient in a large number of herbicides; in fact, in Mexico the process to phase it out recently began, which of course has not been without controversy.
In this sense, I am very struck by the fact that the Glyphosate Evaluation Group (AGG) has recently revealed the results of a study on the impact on human health and the environment of glyphosate, in which they conclude that there is no justification for classify this herbicide as carcinogenic.
The AGG is a body created by the European Union and currently has the participation of independent authorities from the Netherlands, France, Hungary and Sweden. Your study report is 11,000 pages long, and your findings are sure to be highly debated.
As indicated in the document: “The AGG proposes that the classification of glyphosate with respect to carcinogenicity is not justified”, it is also added that “using glyphosate according to the instructions does not represent a serious danger to the health of workers or persons of the community”.
Regarding the negative effects of glyphosate, it is indicated that it meets the criteria to be classified as causing “serious damage and damage to the eyes” in case of direct exposure. It is also concluded that it is “toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects”, so its use near bodies of water should be restricted.
Although it is important to mention that the study presented focused more on the effects on human health, since it is noted in the document that the effects that glyphosate causes in the environment, specifically in each ecosystem, still need to be studied in greater depth and precision.
It is now in the hands of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to evaluate these and other results, to issue a unified regulation or recommendation, being that it will be until October when the final verdict is given. .
Now, with this issue you have to be careful, since there are many interests involved, which is why you can find scientific studies with conclusions, both for and against, although the fact that you have the support of the European Union carries a lot of weight.