Norway to ban older glyphosate preparations

National agricultural service seeks to phase out "toxic" additives used in herbicides

The Norwegian Agricultural Inspection Service (Landbrukstilsynet) is seeking a ban on a range of glyphosate herbicide preparations, including predecessors of Monsanto's widely used Round Up brand. Pesticides are normally approved for five year periods in Norway; approval for the preparations in question was not renewed when the latest period expired in April. The ban on sale and use will take effect with the formal notification of the decision early next month. "The newer, more 'environment-friendly' formulations are considered less toxic to aquatic life", a spokesperson for the inspection service told ENDS Daily yesterday. "We are primarily concerned with a group of additives in the older preparations, in particular surfactants such as polyethoxythallamines." Nevertheless, Nordic conservation groups are also attacking modern glyphosate, claiming that it is far more persistent than advertised. "The Norwegian Society for Nature Conservation (NNF) has been working for some time to ban the use of Round Up in private gardens at the very least", NNF consultant Per-Erik Schulze told the national newspaper Dagsavisen Arbeiderbladet. Jordforsk, the (Norwegian) Centre for Soil and Environment Research, reported last year that significant traces of glyphosate had been found in Norwegian ground and surface water. Meanwhile, Sweden's national chemicals inspectorate has ruled that glyphosate should not be used within 10-14 days of crops being harvested because of unacceptably high residues in food, and a number of leading bread manufacturers in Denmark have refused to buy flour made from grain treated with Round Up close to harvesting.

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