Biotech Updates

Brazilian Court Lifts Glyphosate Ban

September 5, 2018

On September 3, 2018, A Brazilian court has issued a ruling that lifts the ban on glyphosate in the country. Glyphosate is used in herbicides such as Roundup. The decision ensures growers continued access to glyphosate-based herbicides. The court decision comes in favor of a remedy filed by the Federal Government to overturn a previous injunction before it took effect and ensure that Brazilian growers can continue to use glyphosate-based products. Brazil, the world's biggest exporter of soybeans, planted 33.7 million hectares biotech soybeans in 2017.

Previously, a Brazilian judge issued an injunction that could prohibit the registration and use of glyphosate-based herbicides and several other crop protection products in the country. The injunction was not a ruling on glyphosate safety, but only related to delays in routine regulatory reviews of crop protection products.

For more, read the news release.