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Brazil govt to appeal glyphosate ban order

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture and the attorney general’s office, the AGU, is working on appealing a court order for the immediate suspension of glyphosate herbicide use and sale in the country.

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture and the attorney general’s office, the AGU, is working on appealing a court order for the immediate suspension of glyphosate herbicide use and sale in the country, national media report. 

Last week, a Brazilian federal judge ordered the suspension of new registrations of glyphosate-based herbicides and other pesticide products. Deputy federal judge Luciana Raquel Tolentino de Moura also ordered the suspension of registrations for existing products of certain active ingredients within 30 days until the national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, had completed its overdue reassessments on the affected ais. The Minister of Agriculture, Blairo Maggi, has reportedly said that last week’s verdict “is a first-instance decision, but we are working with AGU to overturn it".

Monsanto has also reacted to the order. “Growers have counted on glyphosate-based products for 40 years to aid in weed control in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner. Like all herbicides, glyphosate is routinely reviewed by regulatory authorities to ensure that it can be used safely. More than 800 studies and scientific analysis have concluded that glyphosate is safe for use,” the company says.

Meanwhile, national soybean grower association the Aprosoja, has reportedly joined the agribusiness association, the Abag, voicing its concern over the order. They complain that there is no substitute for the herbicide, and stress that the immediate concern is that planting for the new season starts in some 30 days’ time.

The judge’s order also includes a fine against the Anvisa of R$10,000 ($2,680 at the current rate) per day after its deadline of December 31st for ending the reassessment. Last year, the agency extended its glyphosate reassessment until 2019. That followed a contracted body concluding that the herbicide was safe for use. Review of the findings came the same year as the publication of the UN WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s conclusion that glyphosate was probably carcinogenic to humans, prompting deeper analysis of the findings.

 

 


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