There are times when plants need to be managed by farmers and growers, particularly to help produce crops with the least possible environmental impact.
Glyphosate is used in a number of ways in agriculture in the UK and globally. It is the active ingredient in the world’s most-used weed killer, Roundup. In the UK it is used in stubble fields for weed control before planting and before new crops start to appear. It is also used on cereals and oilseed rape before harvest to help make harvesting easier, control weeds, reduce disease and the potential for natural contaminants to develop, and to curb the number of weeds in the following season.
Glyphosate reduces the need for ploughing, which helps the environment through reducing CO2 emissions, minimising soil erosion, and improving soil quality. Regulatory bodies around the world have looked at the scientific evidence and concluded that glyphosate poses no risk to people when used correctly.
Following the conclusions of the European Chemicals Agency in March, the NFU is continuing to work with members and European farming unions to ensure the facts about glyphosate's safety and importance are heard. Read the latest briefing here.
Glyphosate doesn't pose a risk to human health when used properly - this is what regulatory bodies and experts around the world have concluded after looking at all the scientific evidence. Here's what some of them have said.