Glyphosate conundrum

Glyphosate has become a political football and even scientists cannot agree over it. 

The EU and the Environmental Protection Agency have declared it to be non-carcinogenic but the World Health Organization has declared it to be a carcinogen.

The efficacy of glyphosate has made it the most widely used herbicide in the world.

The pesticide industry and farming associations should have stopped spraying within a certain distance of houses but a blanket ban introduced by French mayors, no matter how well intentioned, is not the way go.It is arbitrary, fails to take consequence of environmental conditions such as wind and the toxicity of the spray. 

It also, importantly, overrules the law of the land.

David Bracey, Haute-Savoie

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