What a herbicide ban would mean
AS GLYPHOSATE comes under intense scrutiny in the European Union (EU), University of New England (UNE) researchers are pondering the consequences of a ban on the herbicide in Australia.
The EU Commission last week voted to renew a five-year licence for the use of glyphosate in member countries, but the renewal was bitterly disputed.
Opponents of the herbicide, which is the central tool of many farming practices, have vowed to search for alternatives to ensure the herbicide is banned in the EU from 2021.
UNE pollution specialist associate professor Susan Wilson and weed professor Brian Sindel said as a result of the EU’s scrutiny, Australian authorities may be forced to revisit their approval of the chemical.
“There will undoubtedly be more questions raised about glyphosate use in Australia,” Dr Wilson said.
The broad-spectrum herbicide is a primary tool of agriculture in Australia and around the world, and millions of litres are used every year in home gardens and by municipal councils.