Monsanto’s weedkiller, Roundup, with its active ingredient glyphosate is the world’s most widely used herbicide, not only in agriculture but also in public parks or by your neighbors. This highly toxic chemical was found in waterways, groundwaters, honey, and even organic food.
But people, communities, and countries are reacting. After the slew of Monsanto’s Roundup Cancer Lawsuits in the US, and France and Italy Roundup ban in public spaces, the Belgian federal minister of agriculture, Willy Borsus announced his decision to ban the sale and use of Roundup by non-professionals.
“Considering the risk-benefit balance, there is no justification for the use of herbicides for individuals,” he said. He recommends safer alternatives such as heat treatment, mechanical weeding, and environmental-friendly pesticides.
Borsus, voicing his concern over glyphosate, also called for a new investigation into alleged “Monsanto maneuvers and attempts to influence experts” with the aim of keeping glyphosate on the market.
This investigation was triggered by the high coverage in the European press of the Monsanto documents which emerged out of the cancer litigation in the US. This documents suggest that Monsanto manipulated the research on glyphosate.
The leading toxicologist Professor Jan Tytgat, president of the European Section of the International Society on Toxinology, commented: “We can no longer rely on the studies on glyphosate submitted by Monsanto to the European agencies. All the more because they are not freely accessible. Those studies should now really be made public.”