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Testing UK water and soil from glyphosate massive pollution

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Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is known to contaminate water and soil. Due to its physico-chemical properties glyphosate strongly adsorbs into soil and becomes almost immobile there, which means it tends to accumulate in soil. Although ground and surface water are polluted to a less extent, still glyphosate is found in water. Taking into account that application amounts of glyphosate are not controlled and that EFSA does not require buffer zones for organic produce soil protection, there is a likelihood that organic food is contaminated with glyphosate.

In the light of the above, I propose to conduct water and soil tests for glyphosate concentration. Tests shall be conducted at (or in close proximity to) several different crop production areas, including organic.
 

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