Trade disruption: Fears grow that EU glyphosate herbicide ban could upend global food markets

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A possible glyphosate ban entails the risk of trade disruption to food imports from third countries, in case the EU fails to follow scientific evidence in its decision-making, EU farmers warn.

In a recent interview with EURACTIV.com, the head of Britain’s National Farmers’ Union Meurig Raymond wondered what would happen if glyphosate is used in the UK and banned in Europe. “Will we be allowed to export our wheat in the EU?”

This is a question for the rest of the world as well.

Under [a World Trade Organisation (WTO)] agenda item on monitoring the use of international standards, Argentina and the United States expressed their concerns about the EU delay, which were echoed by Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, New Zealand, Peru and Uruguay.

“The US said members’ actions to restrict the use of glyphosate appear to lack scientific justification. It reminded members that the scientific body assessing risks that international standards rely on – the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) – concluded that glyphosate does not pose a risk to consumers or public health when used appropriately.”

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