Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, originally introduced as the active substance in the product Roundup® in the 1970s.
The term non-selective herbicide means that it can eliminate almost any type of weeds (monocots, dicots, perennials) to which it is applied. It became more and more important in sustainable agriculture as an important tool in Integrated Weed Management. Weeds are competing with crops for space, water, nutrients and sunlight.
A Farmer who does not apply a broad-spectrum herbicide, e.g. glyphosate can suffer from harvest losses of up to 22% due to difficulty to control weeds. Furthermore, there are countless examples where a farmer needs to remove undesired vegetation to grow his crops, and typically a non-selective herbicide like glyphosate is the method of choice due to its safety when used in accordance with the label instructions, ease of use and low cost. Today, glyphosate serves as an active substance in hundreds of plant protection products currently registered and approved for use in agriculture, vegetation management, lawn and garden, and more.