Eleven out of twelve EU countries tested positive for glyphosate

The harmful substance glyphosate and its residues have been found in surface waters in eleven of the twelve European countries investigated, from Belgium to Bulgaria, and from Poland to Portugal. This is revealed by research conducted by the NGO Pesticide Action Network Europe.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in various pesticides, is everywhere: it has already been detected in human urine, household dust, and soil. New research by PAN Europe and the European Greens shows that the substance and its metabolite AMPA can also be found in the waterways of eleven of the twelve EU member states examined.

Glyphosate and/or AMPA were detected above the threshold of 0.2 micrograms per liter in 17 out of 23 water samples from 11 of the 12 countries.

Samples from Belgium, Austria, Poland, Spain, and Portugal even showed concentrations of glyphosate – or its breakdown product AMPA – above 1 microgram per liter. Only the sample from Slovenia tested negative.

This pollution poses a threat to aquatic life and results in unnecessary costs for European water companies, according to PAN Europe. Even more concerning is that the samples were taken in the second half of October 2022 – the “off-peak season” for pesticide use in most European countries.

The author: Michel THEYS

Michel Theys, a Belgian native, began his career as a civil servant, serving the public for several decades. After retirement, he shifted gears to follow his passion for journalism. With a background in public administration, Theys brought a unique perspective to his reporting. His insightful articles, covering a wide array of topics, swiftly gained recognition. Today, Michel Theys is a respected journalist known for his balanced and thoughtful reporting in the Belgian media landscape.

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