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Far more toxic than glyphosate: Copper sulfate, used by organic and conventional farmers, cruises to European reauthorization

Image result for potato sprayerRecently, the European Union decided to reauthorize the fungicide copper sulfate, a popular pesticide among organic farmers that has a more toxic rap sheet than glyphosate. Copper sulfate is a widely used pesticide in organic farming but which also is used in some conventional applications, although the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) considered toxicity risks for farmers, birds, mammals and soil organisms, and the chemical’s overall environmental impact. This decision extended permission for the use of copper sulfate in the EU, against bacteria and fungus. Copper sulfate is used a great deal in organic farming, especially with potatoes, grapes, tomatoes and apples. In comparison, glyphosate — one of the world’s most popular herbicides — is focused on weed control and is not used in organic farming. Instead, it has attracted the attention of anti-GMO activists and members of the EU because it works hand-in-hand with genetically modified crops bred to resist it. More