Press release Wageningen University & Research, 16 October 2017
High levels of glyphosate in agricultural soil: ‘Extension of approval not prudent.’
There has been a great deal of discussion about the use and extension of the approval of use of glyphosate as a herbicide. Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in Europe. In 2016 the approval by the European Commission for the use of this agent expired. However, an extension of approval of use is currently being discussed. One of the conditions of this is that the agent cannot have a negative impact on the health of people, animals and the environment. Yet, little attention has been given to the presence of glyphosate in agricultural soil as a result of the broad use of this agent in agriculture. A scientific publication written by an international group of scientists led by Wageningen University & Research has recently been published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. This article contains the details of more than 300 soil samples taken from agricultural land in ten European countries.
This week, 10-15 September 2017, the third plenary meeting of the iSQAPER project is taking place. The venue of the meeting is the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning (IARRP), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing. Prof. Minggang Xu act as a host for this meeting. The obtained results of the project will be presented and discussed. Poster sessions will take place to show the achievements and future plans in the different case studies. Work package leaders will show the results so far and fine-tuning about the work to be carried out will also be discussed and presented.