USDA: Vietnam’s glyphosate ban ‘devastating’ to global agricultural production

, | | April 12, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on [April 11] criticized Vietnam’s move to ban imports of glyphosate herbicide [Bayer’s Roundup], saying the decision would have “devastating impacts on global agricultural production.”

Vietnam’s government said in a statement that….herbicides containing glyphosate had long been of concern, in the latest display of global worries over the product’s impact on human health. State media reports said the ban would take effect in June.

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Perdue said the U.S. government had shared scientific studies with Vietnam concluding that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans. “As I’ve often said, if were going to feed 10 billion people by 2050, farmers worldwide need all the tools and technologies at our disposal,” he said.

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“In addition to the immediate effect of slowing the development of Vietnamese agricultural production, there’s the very real risk that Vietnam’s farmers will turn to unregulated, illegal chemical products in place of glyphosate,” Perdue said.

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