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What are the health and environmental challenges presented by herbicide-tolerant varieties?

Published on 18/06/2021

Herbicide-tolerant varieties (HTVs) are crop varieties that have been developed to be intentionally tolerant to a specific herbicide. In France, HTVs of sunflower and rapeseed have been growing in popularity since the early 2010s. In a changing regulatory context and in order to address public concerns, the Agency has conducted several studies to assess the farming practices reshaped by the use of HTVs and identify their potential risks for farmers, consumers and the environment. We provide an overview of the challenges that need to be overcome to improve the traceability and monitoring of HTVs in France.

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