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.
Glyphosate-based herbicides, when used as indicated on their labels, are a safe and effective tool to control weeds that would put at risk agricultural production, especially reducing crops’ productivity and quality, but also plants that would damage the safety, stability and usability of railway tracks, highways, dams, flyovers and more. If weeds are not controlled effectively, this may lead to higher production costs or harvest losses, which negatively affects farmer’s income.
First introduced in 1974, glyphosate-based herbicides have been used safely ever since. In agriculture, they are applied on a wide range of crops and grassland.
Glyphosate has a long history of contributing to the improvement of soil health and soil biodiversity, – enabling no-till or reduced tillage farming practices. The use of glyphosate-based products also helps prevent soil erosion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve more land for native habitats.