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President Maithripala Sirisena puts immediate ban on Glyphosate

Jun 1, 2015
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President Sirisena makes Sri Lanka the second country in the world to ban Glyphosate. Effective immediately the president implemented a ban all sales and already imported stocks of Glyphosate.

Sirisena, a former farmer and Ex-Health Minister stated that Glyphosate is responsible for the increase in cases of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the North Central Province in Sri Lanka where over 400,000 patients suffer from CKD.

Glyphosate was banned in Sri Lanka in March 2014 but was overturned in May 2014. President Sirisena decided to ban the human carcinogen after the recent study by Dr. Jayasumana who 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 and the World Health Organization announced that Glyphosate is a human carcinogen.

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