A DECISION on whether to ban the much-used weed killer Glyphosate is due to be made this week — with revelations that search reports were tampered with.
The European Union will make the decision.
While only affecting European farmers at present, it could also lead to bans on produce and meat imported to Europe from farms that use glyphosate.
France, in part it seems as a payback against US chemical companies, is strongly pushing the ban, with Italy supporting.
Many other European countries, led by the Dutch who have the most intensive agriculture in Europe, believe the weed killer is necessary for high yield cropping and silage production for intensive dairy and pork production.
In California last week, a judge dismissed calls to ban glyphosate, saying the evidence was weak.
Proponents of the ban say that glyphosate causes cancer in humans.
Reuters reports that the Report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer on glyphosate was edited with significant changes from the draft to final study.
“One effect of the changes was the removal of multiple scientists’ conclusions that studies found no link between glyphosate and cancer in laboratory animals.”