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September 10, 2020 - US RTK

Glyphosate in chicken poop used as fertilizer is hurting food production, researchers say

Glyphosate in chicken poop used as fertilizer is hurting food production, researchers say
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Scientists brought more bad news to light regarding the widely used herbicide glyphosate, better known as Roundup, in a new research paper published this month.

Researchers from the University of Turku in Finland revealed in a paper published in the journal Science of The Total Environment that manure from poultry used as fertilizer can decrease crop yields when the manure contains residues of glyphosate-based herbicides, such as Roundup.

Fertilizers are meant to increase crop production, so the evidence that glyphosate residues can have the opposite effect is significant. Poultry litter, as the manure is called, is often used as a fertilizer, including in organic agriculture, because it is considered rich in essential nutrients. Use of the poultry litter as fertilizer has been growing both in farming and in horticulture and home gardens.

While use is growing, the “possible risks associated with the accumulation of agrochemicals in poultry manure are still largely ignored,” the Finland researchers warned.

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