Eco-Social and Economic Profile of the Herbicide Glyphosate

Valerije Vrček 1
  • 1 Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb, Centre of Excellence for Integrative Bioethics, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia


By overview of scientific, political, and economic arguments, the structure and profile of glyphosate, the most important agrochemical compound in the world, has been portrayed. Toxicological, ecological and market objections of the opponents of glyphosate are in opposition with the financial and political support to that herbicide which, according to its advocates, enables the protection of crops, higher yields, and postpones the problem of world hunger. The conflict surrounding glyphosate surpasses the narrow scientific and social frames and is a good example of the need to think through and of decision making which involves connection and the totality of reality.

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