Glyphosate Facts

Transparency on safety aspects and use of glyphosate-containing herbicides in Europe


A tool for sustainability

Glyphosate has contributed in several ways to change farming practices since it was introduced. By chemically controlling a broad spectrum of weeds and their entire root systems, glyphosate has eliminated or reduced the need for ploughing the soils. These reduced tillage practises allow farmers to plant crop seeds directly into stubble fields.  

(© H. Smith)

A large proportion of Europe’s cultivated land is prone to soil erosion, and minimal soil disturbance practices are sustainable alternatives that help to protect the soil from degradation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. Several important crops in Europe, including maize and sugar beet, are predominantly managed with these practices in combination with glyphosate. This makes glyphosate a popular tool for many farmers that decide to pursue these soil conservation practices. 


Read more:

The problem of soil erosion in Europe
Ploughing or spraying? Protecting Europe’s soil with minimized soil disturbance
Glyphosate, a tool for conservation practices

Last update: 19 November 2014