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The impact of glyphosate on aquatic ecosystems

Launch of PAN Europe's Water Monitoring

 

The current levels of glyphosate use in Europe have resulted in widespread contamination of the environment. Scientific evidence indicates that the concentrations of pesticides, including glyphosate, found in the environment negatively impact the quality of our water resources and put aquatic ecosystems at risk.

In order to raise awareness about the extensive pollution resulting from the current utilisation of glyphosate-based herbicides in Europe, the Pesticide Action Network Europe, along with its members and the Stop-Glyphosate Coalition, conducted a water sampling exercise across 12 EU countries in October 2022, the end of the main crop growing season in most EU countries. The results of the report underline that exposure to glyphosate is unavoidable, emphasising the urgent need for EU-wide measures to eliminate this hazardous substance from our environment.

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