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OUTLOOK 2020: How the glyphosate debate is shaping agrifood policy and practice

There was no let-up in the moves against glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, throughout 2019 as it continued to face intense scientific and regulatory scrutiny in the wake of the 2015 statement by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that classified the substance as “probably carcinogenic”.

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The heated debate over the safety of the herbicide glyphosate has triggered conflicting scientific opinions, street protests, court rulings, bans and transparency legislation in Europe throughout 2019. In fact, it is hard to underestimate the effect this one active substance has had in the agrifood arena this year and will continue to have throughout 2020.

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