The Soil Association organized a public scientific meeting in London to warn about safety consequences of a new use of glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup.
The panel was composed by Pr. Christopher Portier, co-author of the recent report published by International Agency for Research on Cancer classifying glyphosate and its commercial formulations as probable carcinogens, by Dr. Robin Mesnage, research associate at Kingâs College London and member of the scientific council of CRIIGEN, and of Claire Robinson, editor of GMWatch.org
Nowadays, Roundup is not only sprayed before the crop cultivation, or during the cultivation for Roundup-tolerant GMOs, but also before the harvest to help cereal desiccation. This considerably increases exposure to Roundup residues that persist after harvest. Recent tests in UK have shown the presence of glyphosate, an ingredient of Roundup formulations, in around one third of tested bread samples.
It is irresponsible to increase the exposure to a probable carcinogen like Roundup by adding new accessory uses that can be easily avoided. The CRIIGEN joins the Soil Association to ask for a moratorium on pre-harvest uses of glyphosate-based herbicides.
Download here facts & figures on glyphosate given during this meeting.