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Statistics in brief - Glyphosate

Glyphosate is a substance used for control of vegetation. It is an active substance in pesticides mainly for agricultural use.

Glyphosate is a substance used for control of vegetation. It is an active substance in pesticides mainly for agricultural use. 

Glyphosate in pesticides

Graph. Glyphosate use in pesticides, years 1990-2010.

The chart shows the glyphosate quantities sold as herbicide during 1990 to 2010. Due to hoarding some years, the sold quantity does not reflect the actual used quantity  a certain year.

657 tonnes glyphosate was sold in 2010, an almost 60 per cent increase of the low 2009 sale. 

Comparison between glyphosate and other products for vegetation control

Graph. Comparison between glyphosate and other products for vegetation control.

The chart shows the sold quantity of glyphosate compared with the total quantity of agents used against weed and moss sold to agriculture and households.

Active substances in herbicides and products against moss sold to households

  • Acetic acid
  • Iron sulfate heptahydrate
  • Glyphosate
  • Pelargonic acid
  • MCPA
  • Mecoprop-P

Iron sulfate heptahydrate is used to fight moss while the other substances are active towards other kinds of plants. These are the active substances in pesticides that are allowed to be used by households for weed control. Pesticides for domestic use are authorised under class 3.

For more information about active substances in herbicides, see the Pesticides Register.