- September 11, 2023
Glyphosate pollution threatens European surface waters: Ban glyphosate to protect water quality and aquatic ecosystems
Glyphosate and its metabolite AMPA are found in surface waters across 11 out of 12 countries spanning Europe, even during the end of the pesticide application season. From Poland to Portugal, from Belgium to Bulgaria, our waters are polluted by the herbicide. This is the disturbing finding in a new report by PAN Europe and the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. The contamination poses a significant threat to aquatic life and incurs unnecessary costs for European water companies. The fact that the water samples were taken during what is the ‘low season’ in most countries shows the pervasive nature of glyphosate contamination. The study also sheds light on the lack of a European monitoring system for surface water, exposing a critical regulatory gap in safeguarding our water resources.
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