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Mute Schimpf is a food campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe.
Both compounds are top-sellers for the soon to be merged mega-corporation Bayer-Monsanto. Both are highly toxic, and both are intrinsically linked to genetically modified crops.
According to both the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) glufosinate is highly toxic. The ECHA stated that it “may damage fertility or the unborn child” whilst EFSA concluded that “a high long-term risk was identified for mammals”.
One would be forgiven for forgetting that we’re talking about chemicals that farmers use to spray on crops.
In 2013, both the European Commission and member states imposed stricter regulations on glufosinate’s use – existing EU law prevents farmers from spraying entire fields with it – and its authorisation should expire in July next year. But, instead of this toxic and dangerous chemical being withdrawn, Bayer is now looking for its full renewal.