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EU glyphosate licence renewed for five years – Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on November 28th, 2017.

After 18 months of stalled votes, the EU has voted to renew the license for weedkiller glyphosate for another five years. The current license was due to expire on December 15th. Glyphosate — most commonly known by the Monsanto brand Roundup — is the most commonly used herbicide worldwide. European farmers have argued throughout the […]

Weed killer found in Auckland’s water supply lakes

Laura Goodall posted in on October 15th, 2014.

Traces of the weed killer metsulfuron-methyl were detected in dams that supply 20 per cent of Auckland’s water, causing them to be closed from May to September this year. The herbicide had been sprayed on forestry blocks near to the dams in the Hunua Ranges and, after unexpected heavy rain, leeched into the water. Watercare Services,  the Auckland water supplier responsible for […]

Study on cancer and GM maize – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 20th, 2012.

A new study released overnight claims that GM maize treated with the herbicide RoundUp causes a variety of cancers in rats. However scientists have criticised the study’s design and analysis, saying that no clear conclusions can be drawn from the available data. The study’s authors claim that females rats fed the GM maize were 2-3 […]

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