Vietnam’s ag ministry has announced it will ban the importation of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s (which now owned by Bayer) popular weedkiller Roundup. In a press release, USDA’s Perdue said he was “disappointed” by the decision that “will have devastating impacts on global agricultural production.” He says farmers need all the tools and technologies at their disposal if we’re going to feed 10 billion people by 2050.
Perdue says USDA has shared scientific studies from EPA and other internationally recognized bodies with Vietnam that concluded glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans. “This ban flies on the face of that scientific evidence. Furthermore, Vietnam has sidestepped its obligation to notify this regulatory change to the World Trade Organization,” Perdue says.
The ban could also have some significant ramifications for Vietnamese farmers, such as slowing the development of agricultural production and turning them to unregulated, illegal chemical products, the press release warns.