In a surprise move earlier this week, European officials put a hold on continued use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's flagship herbicide RoundUp. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now well into its seventh year of reviewing the controversial chemical.
The European delay comes in the face of strong opposition to the proposed 15-year re-licensing agreement from Italy, France, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Public concern has been growing since the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled glyphosate a "probable human carcinogen" early last year. More than 1.4 million people have since signed a petition calling on health officials around the world to take action on the widely used herbicide, and more than 96 European scientists have also taken a public stand.
in my area the people i know who routinely use roundup in their yards, (and i know 2 golf course workers using at their job site), ALL have the same line "i'm going to nitrogen kill the weeds", "i'm going to try nitrogen"... i never asked them where they hear this but i'm assuming the golf course has visiting Reps who peddle info that "roundup's active killing ingredient is nitrogen" then it's spread by word of mouth. plus my neighors who use roundup are from KKK Trump supporters/Limbaugh listeners to mild GOPers. so i'm wondering in your area if you've also heard the false talk that roundup is only nitrogen?