UFU welcomes Glyphosate re-authorisation

Tuesday, 28 November, 2017

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed a decision by the appeals committee in Brussels to approve the essential herbicide glyphosate for a further five years, however, it is disappointed that, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, glyphosate was not re-authorised for a full 15 years.

UFU seeds and cereals chairman Allan Chambers says farmers across the UK have worked hard to ensure politicians and government officials understand the importance of glyphosate.

“It has been a frustrating process. What should have been a straightforward decision became overtly political. The UFU has always argued that decisions like this must be based on science and evidence. Clearly it hasn’t happened in this case.”

Glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide in the world, is a vital tool for farmers. It has been deemed safe by international health and science authorities such as the World Health Organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisations of the United Nations, the European Food Safety Authority and the European Chemicals Agency. Mr Chambers says the EU has undermined the credibility of its own regulator bodies by ignoring their recommendations.

“Glyphosate helps farmers to control weeds, reduce grain drying costs, and manage harvests. It reduces the need to use other herbicides, helping to protect the soil and cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the need for ploughing. It helps farmers to produce the safe, affordable, high quality food consumers want,” says Mr Chambers.