Posted: 21/10/2014 at 22:42
The policy of the Dutch Government is to gradually reduce the use of Roundup. The measures include:
- as of November 2015 ban of glyphosate sale to private persons (i.e non-professionals). This measure has been imposed earlier this year by a parliamentary motion.
- as of November 2015 obligation for municipalities to switch to non-chemical weed control on hard surfaces (streets, roads) and playgrounds.
- as of 2017 ban on the use on sports and recreation grounds as well as parks, with a few exceptions (e.g. oak processionally caterpillar and Asian long-horned beetles).
The ban is motivated by the 'increased societal commotion about environmental and health damage caused by the use of weed control with toxic products.' The Dutch government hopes the ban will result in an increase of research an innovation for weed control.