The current political debate around the use of glyphosate in agriculture in Europe is permeated with the simple notions that weed control is optional and that if glyphosate were banned, farmers would just let the weeds grow, because who do they really harm anyway?

Weeds compete with crops for light and water. Some of them are highly invasive and spread much faster than what the farmer is trying to grow. They can clog up machinery. Some of them are even highly toxic to people and farm animals; if too much of them end up in the harvest, the crop is unusable and might even have to be condemned. Weeds need to be controlled one way or another, and Roundup is the most effective and environmentally friendly way to do it because it kills not just the top of the plant but also the roots, preventing it from growing back.

How so? A picture speaks a 1,000 words, so we’ll not just tell you but show you. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be teaching Weeds 101 in a series of short blog posts and related Tweets and Instagram pictures. Read more here on our European blog.

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