Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena announced Friday
that the import of the World’s most used herbicide glyphosate will be
banned with immediate effect. The release of already imported stocks has
also been stopped.
a farmer and ex Health Minister, stated that glyphosate is responsible
for the increasing number of chronic kidney disease (CKDu) patients in
Sri Lanka and added that the move would protect the Sri Lankan farming
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Sri Lanka alone CKDu now afflicts 15% of people of working age in the
Northern part of the country; a total of 400,000 patients with an
estimated death toll of around 20,000.Watch the videos “Mystery in the Fields” and “Cycle of Death”for 5 minute documentaries providing additional background information on afflicted areas around the world.
Sri Lanka’s ban comes after two scientific studies led
by Dr. Jayasumana showed that drinking water from abandoned wells,
where the concentrations of glyphosate and metals are higher, as well as
spraying glyphosate, increased the risk of the deadly chronic kidney
disease (CKDu) by up to 5-fold. It also follows the recent World Health Organization announcement that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.
Lanka did ban the sale of glyphosate herbicides in March 2014 but this
decision was overturned in May 2014 after a review. The decision by Sri
Lanka’s new President however has huge significance following the
latest WHO report on glyphosate.
Sri Lanka now becomes the second country to fully ban the sale of glyphosate herbicides following El Salvador’s decision in 2013, also taken due to the fatal CKDu disease. Bermuda has also put a temporary ban on glyphosate imports and is holding a review.