EU May Approve Weed-Killer Ingredient Glyphosate
The European Union is considering the approval of the controversial chemical glyphosate for agricultural use.
European Changing Stance on Glyphosate
The 28 members of the European Union (EU) will likely approve a major weed-killer ingredient called glyphosate. This has raised controversy because the chemical is associated with Monsanto and arguably causes cancer according to the World Health Organization.
Opposing environmental groups proclaim that glyphosate should be banned as long as it poses a threat and has stated that traces of the chemical can make it into the human body, citing evidence that the chemical it can be found in 14 of the most popular German beers.
Currently, glyphosate is listed as an active substance and will up to national authorities to permit or refuse the use of the chemical once it has been authorized by the EU.
What is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is a herbicide that comes in either forms of acids or salt. It is commonly used weeds and to help with plant growth and ripen fruit.
It has been readily available for use in the United States since 1974 and is the primary ingredient in the weed-killer RoundUp.
Users can be exposed to the chemical through skin contact. It can cause skin and eye irritation. Though no major fatalities have been reported in conjunction with glyphosate, it may react with other present ingredients and become toxic.