The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced a ban on the importation of glyphosate, and U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’s extremely disappointed in the decision.
“It’s a move that will have a devastating impact on global agricultural production,” said Perdue. “As I’ve said before, if we’re going to feed 10 billion people by 2050, farmers around the world need all the tools and technologies at their disposal.”
Perdue said the USDA has shared scientific studies on the safety of glyphosate with the Vietnamese Ag Ministry on numerous occasions. The studies come from the Environmental Protection Agency and other internationally-recognized regulatory bodies, and they all show glyphosate as unlikely to be a carcinogenic threat to humans. He said the decision by Vietnam flies in the face of all the available scientific evidence.
Vietnam has sidestepped its obligation to notify the World Trade Organization of the regulatory change. “Vietnam also needs to look at the potential ramifications for its own farmers,” added Perdue. “Not only will it slow the development of Vietnamese agricultural production, but there’s also a real risk that the country’s farmers will turn to unregulated, illegal chemicals in place of glyphosate.”