Glyphosate Renewal Group
What is the Glyphosate Renewal Group
The Glyphosate Renewal Group (GRG) is a collection of companies that seek the renewal of the EU authorisation of the active substance glyphosate in 2022 by joining resources and efforts to prepare a single dossier with all the scientific studies and information on the safety of glyphosate.Find Out More
Glyphosate approval is renewed in the EU for 10 years
On 29 November 2023, the European Commission published the Implementing Regulation, renewing the approval of glyphosate for a period of 10 years (until 15 December 2033).READ MORE
Member states reached no opinion, Commission to proceed with authorisation
On 16 November, the Appeal Committee, comprised of representatives of the EU Member States, did not reach an opinion on the European Commission’s proposal to renew the approval of glyphosate in the EU for another ten years. In its media release, the European Commission stated that it will now extend glyphosate reauthorisation in the EU for 10 years.TO FULL STATEMENT
GRG Position on Scientific Topics
The GRG is providing updated summary documents and conference presentation footage in the area of toxicology, ecotoxicology, environmental fate, and residues, containing information pertinent to the ongoing EU risk assessment of the active substance glyphosate and addressing the recent EFSA additional information request and stakeholder public consultation comments.Read more
Setting EQS for Glyphosate
Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) are set to protect receiving surface waters from the harmful effects of contaminants. On 26 October 2022, the Commission published a legal proposal for the revision of the List of Groundwater and Surface Water Pollutants, also setting surface water threshold values for glyphosate. At the time of publication, the process for the review of the EQS for glyphosate was still ongoing, as provided in the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).Read More
Urine is a primary way to eliminate water-soluble chemicals or their metabolites from the body. Glyphosate is water-soluble, and our kidneys will filter any glyphosate present in the bloodstream prior to elimination via urine.Read More
Agriculture and biodiversity are inextricably intertwined. Healthy crops require fertile soils, beneficial insects such as pollinators, the genetics of the crops themselves, and protection from pests that will damage or compete with the crop.Read More
Strict guidelines and rules including safety assessments are set by the regulatory authorities worldwide (e.g. U.S. EPA or EFSA), to ensure that residues of crop protection substances in food are as low as possible, and in any case much lower than any level of concern. Daily exposure limits must be at least 100 times below levels shown to have no negative effect in safety studies.Read More
Glyphosate and glyphosate-based products have been extensively tested both in laboratories and in fields to evaluate potential toxicity to honeybees. The result of those tests show that they have neither acute nor chronic adverse effects to honeybees. This means that bees are neither killed nor damaged in case they get into contact with glyphosate.Read More
Conservation Agriculture is a farming system that promotes minimum soil disturbance (i.e. no tillage), maintenance of a permanent soil cover, and diversification of plant species. It enhances biodiversity and natural biological processes above and below the ground surface. This contributes to increased water and nutrient use efficiency and leads to improved and sustained crop production.Read More
The Glyphosate Renewal Group is committed to comply and contribute to all relevant aspects of the EU procedure to re-assess and re-approve glyphosate in the EU. The Glyphosate Renewal Group will do so in a factual, scientific and transparent way.Read More
With the GRG newsletter, we regularly share relevant information, updates, and published articles, keeping you well informed on the EU regulatory process milestones on the glyphosate re-authorisation, and sharing information regarding the GRG efforts and our events.Read More
What is Glyphosate?
What is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is a chemical substance contained in numerous non-selective herbicides developed to eliminate unwanted invasive plants (weeds). Products based on glyphosate are approved for use in agriculture, vegetation management, lawn & garden, on railways and more. Today, they are registered and marketed in more than 160 countries.
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A robust process requiring thorough scientific scrutiny by multiple competent and expert entities, independent of industry, is at the basis of the EU authorisation to use glyphosate in herbicides
Glyphosate-based herbicides provide simple, flexible and cost-effective weed control as glyphosate has been helping to remove invasive weeds for several years.
Glyphosate has undergone more thorough testing than almost any other chemical active substance used in pesticides. Those tests overwhelmingly conclude that glyphosate can be safely used for its intended uses.
Glyphosate is used to control a variety of unwanted invasive plants (weeds) mostly in agriculture and gardening, but also on grasslands, non-cultivated areas such as railway tracks and verges and in forestry.
Glyphosate in numbers
Glyphosate is the key active substance of the most widely used non-selective herbicides in the world because it combines proven effectiveness and safe use when used in accordance with the label instructions.
Maximum increase that EU farms could obtain using glyphosate safely when used in accordance with the label instructions (source)
Maximum loss rapeseed, maize, barley and wheat would suffer without glyphosate (source)
From the EU to third countries that could be lost without the EU using glyphosate (source)
Fruit & vegetables
A consumer weighing 80 kg may ingest up to 40 mg of glyphosate residues a day without any harm to health. This corresponds to about 400 kg of fruits and vegetables per day.(source)