- Soil Association
- Position on min-till and forestry
Position on min-till and forestry
We know that glyphosate is used in min-till systems, in forestry (allowed under FSC standards), and to control hard-to-kill, invasive, non-native species like rhododendron.
For those reasons we are not expecting, or currently calling for, an immediate ban on all uses, but focussing on the increasing use of glyphosate on wheat (and other food crops) just before they are harvested, and the use of glyphosate in parks, near schools and in other public places. Such bans already exist or are being introduced in some countries, states or localities, and a ban on pre-harvest use of glyphosate is backed by European Parliament.
However, whether glyphosate is banned completely or partially will depend on the scientific evidence of harm, particularly to human health. If pesticide regulators in the EU or USA find it causes cancer it will be banned however useful it is in forests or in controlling invasive plants. We continue carefully to monitor the emerging scientific evidence.