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Danish farmers join glyphosate row

Denmark's agricultural advisory service, a national research and support body for farmers, has attacked environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt's proposal to impose unprecedented restrictions on glyphosate, Europe's most widely used herbicide (EED 05/06/03). Even after 25 years' use, virtually no trace of glyphosate or its breakdown product AMPA has been detected in successive studies of Danish ground and drinking water, the organisation claims. Mr Schmidt's move was prompted by "sensational" media reports of data from several unrepresentative sites and from analyses of water in drainpipes, it claims. See press release.

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