| September 15,
2003: Denmark has imposed a ban on the spraying
of glyphosates today following the release of data which
found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's
Roundup herbicide (RR) has been contaminating the drinking
water resources of the country.
The chemical has, against all expectations sieving
down through the soil and polluting the ground water
at a rate of five times more than the allowed level
for drinking water, according to tests done by the Denmark
and Greenland Geological Research Institution (DGGRI)
as reported below.
"When we spray glyphosate on the fields by the
rules it has been shown that it is washed down into
the upper ground water with a concentration of 0.54
micrograms per litre. This is very surprising, because
we had previously believed that bacteria in the soil
broke down the glyphosate before it reached the ground
water," says DGGRI.