India won’t ban glyphosate to stop illegal planting of herbicide-tolerant GMO crops

Credit: Adrian Arbib

The government is unlikely to put a ban on the controversial herbicide glyphosate as there is no proven record to establish its effects on health or environment, an official source said. The demand to restrict the herbicide, largely used in tea and now HT Bt cotton, has been made by activists alleging it to be a carcinogenic, citing a 2015 study of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

The demand for [the glyphosate] ban started in India after the issue of large scale planting of HT Bt cotton came to light as this GM seed has not been approved by the government.

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“Although it will be a political decision whether to ban it or not, the official position is that the herbicide is needed for agriculture and is used in many countries, including the US, China, Brazil and Canada. The harmful effects of glyphosate on human health [are] yet to be established …. While the [federal government] may not ban the herbicide, it is also not going to interfere if any state bans its use within its territory, the source added.

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