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Roundup contamination ‘unpreventable’, world-first glyphosate research shows

 

ABC Rural

By Jane McNaughton Updated 11 minutes ago First posted about an hour ago

A map of the world showing regions with soil contaminated by glyphosate
This map, created by Australian scientists, shows where soil is contaminated by glyphosate. (Supplied: University of Sydney)

 

A map of the world showing regions with soil contaminated by glyphosate

This map, created by Australian scientists, shows where soil is contaminated by glyphosate.

Supplied: University of SydneyClose

In a world first, Australian agricultural scientists have created a map that pinpoints global hotspots of glyphosate contamination.

Key points glyphosate map

Key points:

  • The European Commission is still deciding whether to ban the use of Roundup
  • In Australia and overseas, there are multiple legal cases underway over claims that Roundup causes cancer
  • Researchers, who have mapped where glyphosate has been used, say “it’s found nearly everywhere globally” but have identified hotspots

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in weedkiller Roundup, originally produced by Monsanto — a global company now owned by Bayer.

The map identifies environmental risk analysis and determines that Australia’s most affected regions are south-east New South Wales and central-west New South Wales continuing up to north-west Queensland.

Western Australia also shows various regions to have a medium hazard, as well as parts of South Australia and Victoria.

Lead author of the paper, Associate Professor Federico Maggi from the Sydney Institute of Agriculture, said the map wasbased on research complied over years of global study.

“The reason we produced the database is because there is a lack of understanding of the molecules used and the geographic distribution of the users,” he said.

This comes as international agencies discuss the future of the herbicide.

“The European Commission is investigating whether to extend [Roundup’s] licence, suspend the use of it, or ban it,” Dr Maggi said.

In Australia and overseas, there are multiple legal actions underway against agricultural chemical company Monsanto over claims that Roundup causes cancer.

But Dr Maggi said the jury was still out on whether the chemical was a health risk.

“The scientific literature is very much divided into those who bring evidence that it may have negative impacts, and those who state there are no visible impacts on human health,” he said.

‘It’s everywhere’

The research found that glyphosate and associated by-products of the chemical were detected in the majority of the globe’s soil.

“It’s found nearly everywhere globally, and it is unpreventable because we found that environments that have not been exposed to this molecule before have a very low capability to degrade it,” Dr Maggi said.

 

 

 

ABC Rural

By Jane McNaughton Updated 11 minutes ago First posted about an hour ago

A map of the world showing regions with soil contaminated by glyphosate

This map, created by Australian scientists, shows where soil is contaminated by glyphosate.

Supplied: University of SydneyClose

In a world first, Australian agricultural scientists have created a map that pinpoints global hotspots of glyphosate contamination.

Key points glyphosate map

Key points:

  • The European Commission is still deciding whether to ban the use of Roundup
  • In Australia and overseas, there are multiple legal cases underway over claims that Roundup causes cancer
  • Researchers, who have mapped where glyphosate has been used, say “it’s found nearly everywhere globally” but have identified hotspots

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in weedkiller Roundup, originally produced by Monsanto — a global company now owned by Bayer.

The map identifies environmental risk analysis and determines that Australia’s most affected regions are south-east New South Wales and central-west New South Wales continuing up to north-west Queensland.

Western Australia also shows various regions to have a medium hazard, as well as parts of South Australia and Victoria.

Lead author of the paper, Associate Professor Federico Maggi from the Sydney Institute of Agriculture, said the map wasbased on research complied over years of global study.

“The reason we produced the database is because there is a lack of understanding of the molecules used and the geographic distribution of the users,” he said.

This comes as international agencies discuss the future of the herbicide.

“The European Commission is investigating whether to extend [Roundup’s] licence, suspend the use of it, or ban it,” Dr Maggi said.

In Australia and overseas, there are multiple legal actions underway against agricultural chemical company Monsanto over claims that Roundup causes cancer.

But Dr Maggi said the jury was still out on whether the chemical was a health risk.

“The scientific literature is very much divided into those who bring evidence that it may have negative impacts, and those who state there are no visible impacts on human health,” he said.

‘It’s everywhere’

The research found that glyphosate and associated by-products of the chemical were detected in the majority of the globe’s soil.

“It’s found nearly everywhere globally, and it is unpreventable because we found that environments that have not been exposed to this molecule before have a very low capability to degrade it,” Dr Maggi said.

“All croplands globally are currently affected by these substances; the intensity of the chemical is variable,” he said.

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