A knockout for Roundup
The war against glyphosate herbicide is hotting up.Italy’s Consortium for the Protection of Prosecco DOC has made a decision to ban glyphosate.
America’s Environment Protection Agency says glyphosate – of which Roundup is the most common brand – is safe, but the weight of opposition to it is mounting. On August 10 a jury in San Francisco ruled that Roundup gave Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, terminal cancer, and awarded him a US $289 million judgment. There are hundreds more court cases pending against Monsanto, the maker of Roundup. Glyphosate is a weedkiller commonly used in agriculture, including viticulture.
Now I see Italy’s Consortium for the Protection of Prosecco DOC has made a decision to ban glyphosate.
A communiqué last week from the consortium said,
“The consortium wanted to reiterate its attention to the challenge of sustainability, introducing an amendment to the production specification that includes the prohibition of using three active ingredients: Mancozeb and Folpet (both fungicides) and glyphosate. This decision, widely shared by producers, has generated an unexpected consensus among professionals and others which inspires us to continue on our path towards a more sustainable Prosecco DOC.”
The consorzio said it had been working for a long time with other stakeholders to ‘promote sustainable wine through a standard that can protect both the final product and the area from which the product originates’.
The question on many lips must be: will the Dewayne Johnson judgment open the floodgates on the likes of Monsanto?
Click below to read more about cases against Monsanto.