Maggi announces retraction of veto to glyphosate; judge denies

Minister of Agriculture, Blairo Maggi, announced on Thursday (23) that the ban on registering products with the pesticide glyphosate would be withdrawn from 3 September, refused by the court responsible for the case.

The confusion arose after reports that the Federal Attorney General (AGU), representing the government in court, appealed to the federal regional court of Brasilia (TRF1) of the conviction pronounced by a lower court in early August.

"Good news !!!! It has just been withdrawn by a provisional order prohibiting the use of GLYPHOSATE in Brazil #agroForte," wrote Maggi on Twitter, known as the soy king & # 39; from Mato Grosso (Midwest).

However, TRF1 sources have informed AFP that "the AGU's appeal has actually been brought to court and will be assessed by the presidency."

"No decision has been made to date," she added.

A federal judge in Brasilia ordered August 3 to suspend, within 30 days "the registration of all products" containing glyphosate (one of the most widely used herbicides on soybean plantations in the country), and take abamectin until the date National Agency of Surveillance ( Anvisa) to complete its "toxicological re-evaluation" of these substances.

An Anvisa source told AFP that there is no expected date to complete the reassessment of these substances.

In an appeal of Wednesday, the AGU warns that this decision would have a major impact, estimated at 25 billion reais, on the Brazilian trade balance.

Moreover, according to the AGU, this would create a "serious risk" of "internal deficits" and a decline in productivity and competitiveness on the foreign market.

This trial comes weeks after a San Francisco court in California convicted Monsanto's recently acquired German agrochemical giant Bayer not to warn that glyphosate was carcinogenic in its RoundUp herbicides.

The ruling, which Monsanto intends to challenge, forces the company to pay nearly $ 290 million in damages to Dewayne Johnson, a gardener who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014, a cancer that affects white blood cells.

This 46-year-old American claims that the products of Monsanto, and in particular the Roundup that he has used for years, have caused him cancer and that the multinational has covered the risks.

Glyphosate, the subject of conflicting scientific studies on health risks, is allowed in more than a hundred countries.

In Brazil, the main exporter and second world producer of soya beans, it is widely used to combat pests in the non-building system.

Source: AFP

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