What would happen if glyphosate were no longer available? A new report from Aimpoint Research provides an answer.
Despite being determined safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the widely used herbicide continues to attract controversy. However, the report of Aimpoint finds that removing glyphosate from the market would have significant consequences for U.S. farmers, the economy, and the environment.
“While markets would adapt to a world without glyphosate, it would be a substantial economic cost to farmers and cause the rapid release of greenhouse gasses, reversing decades of conservation and sustainability gains,” said Gregg Doud, Aimpoint Research Chief Economist.
Aimpoint comes to the conclusion that eliminating glyphosate as an agricultural tool would lead to an increase in soil tillage for weed control, increasing farmers’ costs, decreasing soil carbon capture, and increasing emissions from additional fuel use.
According to the report, without glyphosate:
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