The State Plant Protection Service (VAAD) believes that the possible association of the company’s product with cancer will not affect the use of these products in Europe and Latvia. Meanwhile, environmentalists stress the need to review and reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides.
Roundup contains one of the most popular herbicides – glyphosate, which is currently in the spotlight.
It is also used in Europe, and it is also one of the most popular weed killers in Latvia.
“Those signals are quite mixed, coming from America, but what is certainly clear and what remains valid is that the use of glyphosate, both in Europe and elsewhere in the world, as he is supposed to be safe, it does not cause cancer, “Vents Ezers, Director of the VAAD Plant Protection Department, emphasized in an interview with the news program” Panorama “.
“Weed control is important to reduce the impact of diseases and pests on the crop. Respectively, they have optimal growing conditions, and in that sense he is more resilient.”
Jana Simanovska, the head of the Ecodesign Competence Center, believes that the use of pesticides, including herbicides, should be reviewed and significantly reduced, instead investing in research on preventive measures to protect plant health, but that the use of pesticides should be allowed only as an emergency solution. not everyday.
“That’s why we need to change our perception of pesticides, because there is a perception that pesticides are allowed and in store, they are safe and I want to say no,”
“Even by following all the instructions, someone is being harmed anyway, because there are a number of organisms that are not being harmed, I mean amphibians, animals that live in the same field, and we need those animals. So we have and there is a need to invest at both national level in education and in the development of methods. “
Roundup is manufactured by Monsanto, part of Bayer.
Bayer has announced that it will cost up to another $ 1.22 billion (€ 1.09 billion) to close two more cases, one of which involves the release of polychlorinated biphenyls.
Bayer states that the amounts will help “close around 75%” of the 125,000 complaints against it.
The agreement has yet to be approved by a Northern California District Judge.
California court jurors ordered Monsanto in May 2019 to pay more than $ 2 billion to a couple who developed cancer after using Roundup. In 2018, $ 289 million in compensation was won by a former school operator who contracted cancer after using the herbicide. In 2019, the plaintiff won $ 80 million in the first federal court.
Bayer has challenged all three decisions.