Spain: According to Kistiñe Garcia of the Spanish NGO, Ecologistas en
Acción, Barcelona, Madrid, Zaragoza and the region of Extremuda have decided to ban glyphosate. The regions of La Rioja (major Spanish wine region) and Aragon have also approved motions against endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which includes glyphosate.
Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka was the first country to issue a nationwide ban on glyphosate. However, in 2018, the government decided to lift the ban due to crop losses and overgrowing weeds.
Sweden: Raised concerns about glyphosate safety and has pushed against
relicensing the herbicide in the EU. In 2017, the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) announced it was planning to tighten rules on private use of plant protection products. Under the plan, private users would only be allowed to use products containing "low-risk substances." According to the SCA, glyphosate is an example of an active substance not expected to be included among low-risk substances, meaning in due time, private consumers may not be permitted to use herbicides containing glyphosate.
Switzerland: Concerned about public wellbeing, the Swiss supermarket chains Migros and Coop removed glyphosate-based products from their shelves due to health risks. In 2017, the Green party put forth a plan to ban glyphosate in Switzerland. The proposed plan was rejected by the Federal Council, Switzerland's executive.
verdict on Aug. 10, 2018, Homebase, one of the UK's largest DIY retailers, announced that it would review the sale of Roundup and Ranger Pro. However, according to the Sun, Homebase and other major retailers still stock the weed killers for sale.
The following boroughs and townships have issued bans or
restrictions on pesticides and herbicides, including glyphosate:
Bury (ban in children's play areas)
Derry City (Northern Ireland)
Hammersmith & Fulham
Vietnam: Following the jury verdict in Hardeman v. Monsanto Co., Vietnam announced that it would ban glyphosate imports. According to Hoang Trung, Director of the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, "the removal of this substance from the list of pesticides allowed to be used in Vietnam will be done in the near future."
As if killing weeds is not enough, oat and wheat growers use Roundup to "dessicate" (kill the plant and let it then dry out, to make it easier to harvest!) their crops, and this is the reason Roundup/Glyphosate is creeping into so many commonly consumed food products.
Joel Ransom, North Dakota State University agronomist, writes that there no maintained statistics on the number of acres of wheat desiccated with glyphosate; along with wheat and oats glyphosate desiccates wheat, oats, lentils, peas, non-GMO soybeans, corn, flax, rye, triticale, buckwheat, millet, canola, sugar beets, sunflowers, and potatoes; plus edible beans grown in Washington and Idaho.
Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., and recognized author on this subject: 'Spraying glyphosate on wheat prior to harvest, known as desiccating, began in Scotland in the 1980s. Farmers had trouble getting wheat and barley to dry evenly so they can start harvesting. So they kill the crop (with glyphosate) one to two weeks before harvest to accelerate the drying down of the grain. I don't understand why Monsanto and the food industry don't voluntarily end this practice. They know it contributes to high dietary exposure (50%) of glyphosate.'
The Farben/Monsanto connection: something you didn't know about? Read this, please:
On September 3, 1941, the first experiments using an insecticide which had been adapted to kill people were conducted at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Soviet prisoners of war were gassed to death with a cyanide-based insecticide in a dress rehearsal for the mass extermination of Jews and others known as the Holocaust.