Brazil’s Federal Public Prosecutor Requests Total Ban of Glyphosate Herbicides

Posted on Mar 26 2014 - 4:25pm by Sustainable Pulse

The Brazilian Federal Public Prosecutor in the Federal District has requested the Justice Department to suspend the use of glyphosate – the most widely used herbicide in Brazil. In addition, the prosecutor wants to challenge 2,4-D and the active ingredients methyl parathion, lactofem, phorate, carbofuran, abamectin, tiram and paraquat.

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Two actions have been filed. “The first measure seeks to compel the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) to reevaluate the toxicity of eight active ingredients suspected of causing damage to human health and the environment. On another front, the agency questions the registration of pesticides containing 2,4-D herbicide, applied to combat broadleaf weeds,” explains the prosecutor on his website.

The two actions request a preliminary injunction whereby the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) would suspend the registration of the products until a final conclusion about their toxicity is reached by ANVISA.

In the civil lawsuit contesting the registration of the herbicide 2,4-D, the prosecutor asks that the National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) is prohibited from releasing the commercialization of transgenic seeds resistant to these herbicides pending a final position by ANVISA.

This news comes as another huge blow to the biotech industry, following as it does last week’s ruling  by Brazil’s Federal Appeals Court that unanimously decided to cancel the release for cultivation of Bayer’s Liberty Link GM Maize.

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  1. David R.(Canada) March 31, 2014 at 05:56 - Reply

    This banning of glyphosates in Sri Lanka and now Brazil is for show.
    The manufacturers of Roundup etc know that it’s days are numbered because of glyphosate-resistant super-weeds.
    Monsanto is now developing 2,3,D resistant crops so the glyphosate is about to be phased out anyway.
    Now, naturally, the politicians can make themselves very popular by banning glyphosates under the pretence that they appear to care about the health of their people.

  2. Marlene April 9, 2014 at 16:15 - Reply

    Let’s hope and pray Monsanto’s deadly rule will soon come to an end! At the end of the day, this mega corp can simply turn around and become a genuinely committed “to the planet and it’s populations” corporation and although it will take them many years to restore global trust, they will still be into profits – but not killing the planet while doing so. The tragic greed of humankind which brings it to virtual extinction every time … Wonder what one can do when one has broken everything, taken everything, destroyed everything and everyone and not all the gold one has, can provide one the means to simply have sweet, fresh air, just to breathe …

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