The Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA), the industry body for companies involved in controlling and eradicating non-native species in the UK, has responded to the glyphosate license renewal with the following statement:
‘INNSA welcomes the EU’s recent renewal of the licence for the pesticide active glyphosate for a further five years. This is a decision made by the EU in line with their own procedures and rules, and based on a detailed analysis of all available scientific literature by well-qualified independent experts.
All evidence suggests that withdrawal of glyphosate, particularly for the amenity sector would not have provided any measurable health benefits for workers or for the public – and a withdrawal would most likely have increased the use of alternative, less-well-suited and potentially more-hazardous pesticides in its place.
While INNSA members promote mechanical, non-herbicide remediation, and while INNSA and its members are aware of and adhere to requirements under the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 including the requirement to minimise the use of pesticides, the use of glyphosate for long-term control of invasive plant species is, in many cases, the most effective and environmentally sound approach.
The withdrawal of glyphosate would pose significant (and in some cases insurmountable) challenges for the sector and homeowners and also for land managers, particularly in terms of the long-term management of certain invasive plant species in river corridors, including for purposes of flood prevention.
While we welcome this decision, INNSA maintains a safety-first, evidence-based approach to best practice, and should additional evidence come to light in future, we will support any measures required to ensure the health of the public and all workers in the sector.’