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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01553: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the use of glyphosate in farming.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 7 December 2017

The Scottish Government supports the recent five year renewal of the glyphosate licence which allows its continued use in Scotland and the rest of Europe.

Glyphosate is important to Scottish farmers who use it to control weeds, manage harvests, and reduce grain drying costs. It is also used in Scotland's forests and is the only currently approved suitable herbicide for weed control in establishing conifer and broadleaf trees.