Govt restricts use of Glyphosate in agriculture
The government has recently banned the use of herbicide glyphosate and its derivatives, considering the health hazards to humans/animals. Only authorised pest control operators are allowed to use it.
It is a widely used herbicide that controls broadleaf weeds and grasses.
It works by blocking an enzyme essential for plant growth.
It was developed in 1970, and its scientific name is N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine.
This product is mainly used in agriculture.
Glyphosate and its formulations are widely registered and are currently used in over 160 countries, including the European Union and the United States.
Farmers around the world have been using it for safe and effective weed control for more than 40 years.
In India, glyphosate is approved for use only in tea gardens and non-planting areas with the tea crop. Its use elsewhere is illegal.
Health impacts of glyphosate
The worrying findings were revealed in a 2020 study by Pan India on the status of glyphosate use in the country.
The health effects of glyphosate range from cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity to neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity.
Symptoms include burning, swelling, skin irritation, mouth and nose pain, unpleasant taste, and blurred vision.
The large-scale use of glyphosate in non-designated areas has serious consequences.
The use of all weedicides, including glyphosate, is depleting food resources and depriving them of adequate nutrition.
It was being used in more than 20 crop fields.
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