Austria moves to ban glyphosate this year

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Austria is heading toward a likely ban of glyphosate this year after the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) backed the Social Democrats drive to end usage of the controversial weedkiller.

“There are enough studies that adequately demonstrate the risk that glyphosate poses to the environment and human health,” the FPÖs new party leader, Norbert Hofer, said Wednesday. “It is therefore a sign of responsible environmental policy to put this ban on track.”

Glyphosate is the subject of a heated debate in Europe and the U.S. over whether the weedkiller causes cancer.

The Social Democrats leader, Pamela Rendi-Wagner, said she is “pleased” that her partys long-standing effort on banning the controversial herbicide would “finally pay off” now that her partys motion had a majority in the Austrian parliament.

Austrias center-right Peoples Party recently made headlines in Austria when its lead candidate in the European Parliament election, Othmar Karas, said he opposed a general ban of glyphosate.

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