Sri Lanka’s New President Puts Immediate Ban on Glyphosate Herbicides.

In a move to protect the Sir Lankan farming community, President Maithripala Sirisena bans glyphosate which he says is responsible for the increasing number of chronic kidney disease patients in Sri Lanka. The release of already imported stocks has also been stopped.

This step 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.

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