Posted: 15/04/2016 at 08:34
I've been expecting this. For some years, the EU has been sponsoring scientific trials across several countries to evaluate glyphosate and its effects on the environment. The official line form the producers is that it becomes inert on contact with the soil and only kills the plants whose foliage comes in contact with the product. Tests show however that it leaches into water courses where it can remain active and also get into the water supply.
However, its main use seems to be in countries which use GM seeds to grow crops developed by commercial companies to be resistant to glyphosate. The growers then use it in stronger solution to deal with weeds. These higher concentrations are linked to cancers in general and birth defects in particular - not something I should wish to inflict on anyone.
It's a relatively recent introduction to gardening and I'm sure we can live without it again.