Mexico’s activist government pushes glyphosate ban that threatens food security and farmer welfare


Biotech giant Bayer is currently in the fight of its life against more than 100,000 lawsuits alleging its flagship weedkiller Roundup (glyphosate) causes cancer. There is no sound scientific evidence to support such allegations, and every relevant research and regulatory authority in the world has concluded the herbicide poses no cancer risk when used appropriately by farmers. But Bayer, fearing for its financial well-being, has opted to settle the bulk of the lawsuits (roughly 95,000) and is working to resolve the remaining cases, though the future of the litigation is uncertain.

This epic legal battle in the US tends to dominate the headlines, but the debate over glyphosate is an international affair. Multiple nations have attempted to institute glyphosate restrictions as a means of limiting the use of herbicide-resistant GMO crops, designed to be utilized with glyphosate. India recently proposed such a policy. And Mexico, building on earlier efforts to restrict GMOs, is moving perilously close to an outright glyphosate ban.

Simply put, Mexico’s proposed nationwide glyphosate ban is motivated by extremist ideology and utterly devoid of scientific justification. More importantly, it would be disastrous for Mexican farmers and consumers.

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Agro Pages, 22 July 2020