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GTF response to Commissioner Andriukaitis’ letter Re: publication of studies.

6th April 2016

As part of the approval process for active substances, industry is obliged to generate data which is then evaluated alongside other sources of information such as open (published) studies. The admissibility of industry studies is dependent on adherence to rigorous standards, such as OECD guidelines on Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). As it stands, the legislation aims to strike a balance between satisfying the demands of the regulatory system and respecting the investment and proprietary nature of data generated by companies...

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Cover-crop farming and glyphosate can reduce Germany’s CO2 output

An actively eroding rill (a shallow channel) on an intensively-farmed field in eastern Germany. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

An actively eroding rill (a shallow channel) on an intensively-farmed field in eastern Germany. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The loss of fertile soil on farms by wind and water erosion is a global problem. To the extent that food production, population and our contribution to climate change are all linked the negative impacts of erosion could worsen in coming years. One study published on 6 March 2016 in The Lancet journal forecasts this impact by 2050 could lead to a per-person reduction in fruit and vegetable consumption of 4%. That may not sound like a lot but that could translate into as many as 529,000 climate-related deaths worldwide.

Soil erosion is a consequence of climate change that will directly impact farmers’ crop harvests and wider ecology.

In Germany alone, an area...

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Our response to today’s Der Spiegel article on glyphosate // Unsere Antwort auf dem heutigen Artikel im Spiegel zum Thema Glyphosat

By Brandon Mitchener

On June 8, 2015, Der Spiegel, a leading German news magazine, published a long article that rehashes many of the anti-pesticide activists’ most frequent questions and allegations concerning glyphosate, a key ingredient in popular weed killers including Monsanto’s Roundup®. Many of the arguments cited in the article have already been the subject of other, individual responses on this blog, and by other organisations.

We were initially delighted that Der Spiegel reached out to us with questions that appeared to represent an exercise in fact-checking before publishing its article...

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