Ban lifted to appease Monsanto company
The government lifted the ban on the highly toxic glyphosate (n-(phosphonomethyl) glycine, introduced by Monsanto multinational company in 1970, to appease that company and the move is without any scientific basis, says Dr. Ravindra Kariyawasam of the Centre for Environment and Nature Studies.
He has told that even when the ban was in force, glyphosate continued to be sold at high prices in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.
After experiencing its adverse effects for around 30 years, most countries in Europe stopped using glyphosate. On April 17, the German agriculture minister banned its use on playgrounds due to the harm it causes to human health and biodiversity, said Kariyawasam.
He noted that glyphosate remains within the food chains of both humans and animals and that it takes around 20 years for its particles to decompose in the underground water sources.
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