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Vietnam Bans Importation of Glyphosate – Fallout from Lawsuits

04/12/2019

Following the announcement that the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will ban the importation of glyphosate, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Sonny Perdue issued a statement expressing disappointment with the action. He commented “The decision to ban glyphosate is a move that will have devastating impacts on global agricultural production.” He added “If we are going to feed 10 billion people by 2050, farmers worldwide will need all the tools and technologies at our disposal.”

USDA has shared scientific studies with the Ministry of Agriculture in Vietnam including an Environmental Protection Agency review concluding that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans. Vietnam has not followed accepted procedures and did not notify the World Trade Organization of their intention.

Dr. Perdue commented that Vietnam should consider the consequences of the ban that will slow development of agricultural production.

It is evident that in the face of a ban, alternative and potentially deleterious herbicides will be used as alternatives. The demand for glyphosate that has been created will result in smuggling. It is hoped that the decision will be rescinded.

The Vietnamese decision to ban glyphosate  was influenced by the consequences of spraying Agent Orange