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Plant Protection Ban Going Backwards Politicians in different countries have called for bans on different plant protection chemicals and especially on the herbicide glyphosate, but use is continuing and even increasing. Sri Lanka banned glyphosate but then had to reinstate its use on its major export crops tea and rubber. France instituted its Echophyto plan in 2008 for reducing plant protection products by 50 percent by 2025 and says it will outlaw most uses of glyphosate by the end of this year. Instead, EUROACTIV reports that utilization continues including a 21 percent increase in use in plant protection chemicals in 2018 alone. The use of glyphosate increased 10 percent in the latest year reported by Paris. In essence, politics and pr...

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