Sri Lankan chemistry professor: Lift the glyphosate ban, which was based on pseudoscience

As a Professor of Chemistry and University President who in a small way pioneered environmental science and food technology in the 1970s at the J’pura university, and as a supporter of scientific agriculture, I wish the Minister success in re-approving … glyphosate…. 

The farmer has to control weeds and pests. … The herbicide has a safe track record of over four decades in all advanced farming countries, with some countries using almost a thousand times Sri Lanka’s annual usage per hectare of agrochemicals and pesticides. Nevertheless, large amounts of fake “research” news against these pesticides reside in the internet.  Individuals selling their products claiming to “detoxify” and “rejuvenate” clients sell alternative diets to “save the earth, save the environment, and “fight agro-business”. Even the GMOA [Government Medical Officers’ Association] has fallen for this, and some medics are undoubtedly avid readers of questionable Internet “Gurus” like Dr. Mercola or Dr. Stephanie Seneff. The latter has spun theories “proving the toxicity of glyphosate”  and sells a program that guarantees a life span of 110 years (free of glyphosate!) if you adhere to it, for a fee.

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Given this political backdrop, the ban on glyphosate was effectively based on pseudo-science and political propaganda.

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