Sri Lanka’s New President Puts Immediate Ban on Glyphosate Herbicides

Posted on May 25 2015 - 12:34am by Sustainable Pulse

Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena announced Friday that the import of the World’s most used herbicide glyphosate will be banned with immediate effect. The release of already imported stocks has also been stopped.

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Sirisena, a farmer and ex Health Minister,  stated that glyphosate is responsible for the increasing number of chronic kidney disease (CKDu) patients in Sri Lanka and added that the move would protect the Sri Lankan farming community.

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In Sri Lanka alone CKDu now afflicts 15% of people of working age in the Northern part of the country; a total of 400,000 patients with an estimated death toll of around 20,000.

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Sri Lanka’s ban comes after two scientific studies led by Dr. Jayasumana showed that drinking water from abandoned wells, where the concentrations of glyphosate and metals are higher, as well as spraying glyphosate, increased the risk of the deadly chronic kidney disease (CKDu) by up to 5-fold.

It also follows the recent World Health Organization announcement that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.

Sri Lanka did ban the sale of glyphosate herbicides in March 2014 but this decision was overturned in May 2014 after a review. The decision by Sri Lanka’s new President  however has huge significance following the latest WHO report on glyphosate.

Sri Lanka now becomes the second country to fully ban the sale of glyphosate herbicides following El Salvador’s decision in 2013, also taken due to the fatal CKDu disease. Bermuda has also put a temporary ban on glyphosate imports and is holding a review.

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  1. Chris Green May 25, 2015 at 10:11 - Reply

    The importation of glyphosate products was banned ~after~ 15 cargo containers full of it were released from the docks. Enough for 10 years applications.

    That info from a website that doesn’t seem to be supportive of the President (so take it with a grain or two of salt…):

    lankanewsweb.net/news/10853-secret-of-glyphosate-container-release-exposed-importation-banned

    So it’s not all sunshine and light… yet. The time will come.

    • Missy May 26, 2015 at 06:09 - Reply

      It says the release of already imported herbicide has been stopped.

  2. Jarek May 27, 2015 at 13:53 - Reply

    So what now? It means more toxic and less biodegradable pesticides will be used instead. What is the gain?

  3. David Russell May 27, 2015 at 18:03 - Reply

    It amazes me that farmers are sill using this poison even when they know what it’s doing to their own health and the health of their families.

  4. philip October 1, 2015 at 05:11 - Reply

    Sri Lanka may have baned the import of Roundup, but it is present in imported grains from the U.S.

    According to the US Department of Agriculture, as of 2012, 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat, and 61% of winter wheat has been treated with herbicides.
    Sri Lanka’s almost half a million tons of U.S. wheat imports last year, is the 15th largest customer of U.S. wheat and the fourth largest customer of soft red winter wheat.

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