ROUNDUP - MOBILITY IN SOIL?
DANISH WATER CONTAMINATED BY ROUNDUP, BAN IMPOSED
Third World Network Biosafety Information Service
September 16, 2003
Denmark has imposed a
ban on the spraying of glyphosates as of 15 September 2003 following the
release of data which found that glyphosate,
the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide (RR) has been
contaminating the drinking water resources of the country.
The chemical has, against all expectations sieving down through
the soil and polluting the ground water at a rate of five times more than
allowed level for drinking water, according to tests done by the Denmark and Greenland Geological Research Institution (DGGRI) as reported below.
"When we spray glyphosate on the fields by the rules it
has been shown
that it is washed down into the upper ground water with a concentration of
0.54 micrograms per litre. This is very surprising, because we had
previously believed that bacteria in the soil broke down the glyphosate
before it reached the ground water," says DGGRI.
Lim Li Lin and Chee Yoke Heong
DANISH GLYPHOSATE RESTRICTIONS DRAW PROTESTS
Environment Daily no. 1457
June 5, 2003
Danish environment minister
Hans Christian Schmidt has announced
unprecedented restrictions on glyphosate, the country's and Europe's most
widely used herbicide. The action follows publication of data showing the
chemical's presence in groundwater, from which Denmark obtains most of its
drinking water. Although concentrations in drinking water did not exceed
permissible limits, it was "worrying" that unacceptable quantities
glyphosate and its breakdown product AMPA might build up via drainage in the
uppermost levels of groundwater, Mr Schmidt said. "Danes should be able
put the coffee on in the morning without worrying about pesticides", he
added. From 15 September, autumn spraying of glyphosates will be banned on
sites "where leaching is extensive because of heavy rain". There
number of exceptions to the new restrictions, which are subject to revision after an interim consultation period. In a joint response, Cheminova, Syngenta and Monsanto, which manufacture or sell glyphosate in Denmark, condemned the government's move as "unacceptable" for the producers or Danish farmers. Glyphosate could only be identified as a threat by ignoring
" scientific findings and knowledge", they said. According to the firms, the restrictions appeared to be based on finding of glyphosate at one metre's depth in the soil. This "can hardly - and only with the most narrow political intentions - be regarded as groundwater, and certainly not as drinking water", they complained.