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EPA Finds Glyphosate Is Likely to Injure or Kill 93% of Endangered Species

First registered for use in the U.S. in 1974, Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States and one of the world’s most widely-used plant killers (Monsanto’s Roundup which uses glyphosate is found in garden sheds around the world). It’s used on about 298 million acres (121 million ha) of agricultural cropland every year in the US. Brazil, which under Jair Bolsanaro has seen an explosion in pesticide use and subsequent mass die-offs of bees, has approved 87 products containing glyphosate since September 2016, including eight in 2020 alone. Now the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), whose mission is to protect human health and the environment. has reported that glyphosate is “likely to injure or kill 93% of the plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)”. The ESA is one of the most popular and effective environmental laws ever enacted in the US. Designed to prevent extinctions, in the four decades since the Act became law, 99% of species protected under it have survived.

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