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Bayer Statement on Thailand decision to ban Glyphosate

Bayer supports farmers by providing a variety of tools to control weeds, protect harvests and foster biodiversity on their farms. In this toolbox glyphosate-based products play an important role. In line with leading regulatory authorities around the world, we firmly remain convinced of the safety and efficacy of our glyphosate-based products.

Bayer respects and shares the Government of Thailand’s plan to reduce the farming practices using chemical plant protection products and promote alternative solutions. Unfortunately, today’s decision banning glyphosate and the other two active ingredients by the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) may potentially affect to food security, economic development and sustainability.

Bayer supported the previous NHSC measure on restricted uses of the three chemicals with the promotion of the appropriate use of chemical plant protection products. This led Bayer to partake with the government to support training of the appropriate and effective use of these chemicals to align with the new regulations on pesticide label restriction contributing to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in Thailand as international acceptance standards.

We firmly remain convinced of the safety and efficacy of our glyphosate-based products and there are no other effective alternatives to replace Glyphosate especially for the farming of key economic crops.

Glyphosate-based herbicides have been used safely and successfully globally for more than 40 years. Leading health regulators around the world have repeatedly concluded that Bayer’s glyphosate-based herbicides can be used safely as directed and that glyphosate is not carcinogenic, based on an extensive body of science spanning more than 40 years. These health authorities include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and regulatory authorities including Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, and elsewhere.

We have seen the unfortunate impact of denying farmer access to Glyphosate in
Sri Lanka, which this has been recently reversed. Sri Lanka government had imposed a glyphosate ban in 2015. However, the ban was reversed on the Glyphosate use in tea and rubber farming in 2018 after local farmers became vocal about the huge economic impact and irreparable harm to their businesses. Thai’s farmers should be spared this experience and should be able to use the same approved tools that farmers worldwide continue to benefit from.

Bayer appreciates the government vision to advance agricultural sector with the new technologies and innovative tools through Thailand 4.0 and Thailand 20-year National Strategic plan to drive the sustainable economic growth.  Bayer commit to continuously collaborate with the government and invest in the new agricultural innovation development, digital and integrated application solutions that will support Thai’s farmers to meet the highest standards when it comes to safety, efficacy and environmental protection, which this will contribute to improve rural and economic development as well as protect the farmers, consumer and environment sustainably.

Farmers worldwide face many challenges such as a rapidly changing climate and lack of resources to produce healthy crops. Overcoming these difficult challenges requires agricultural innovations such as digital farming technologies, sustainability practices, high performing seeds and crop protection tools like glyphosate.

Thailand's farmers have safely used glyphosate for decades to produce essential crops including cassava, corn, sugar cane, fruits, oil palm and rubber. This has allowed farmers to improve their livelihoods and meet community expectations of safe, affordable food that is produced sustainably.

 

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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services aredesigned to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of 39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros. For more information, go to www.bayer.com. 

 

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