The impact of a glyphosate ban on the UK economy

The license that allows the use of glyphosate within the EU is due to expire in 2017. Glyphosate is widely used throughout the EU but there has been some political debate as to whether the license for its use will be renewed when it expires. This analysis, conducted in partnership with the Andersons Centre, assessed the potential impact of a ban on agricultural practices in the UK. The wider repercussions of changes to the agricultural sector were also explored, with the study estimating the potential GDP loss that could stem from reduced agricultural and supply chain activity.

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Glyphosate is also a key tool for weed control on the UK’s railways. Consequently, a potential ban on its use would have implications for maintaining the rail network. Drawing on discussions with Network Rail and weed control contractors, this short study explores the possible effects of such a ban.

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Glyphosate-based weed treatments also provide councils with a cost-effective means of keeping the UK’s roads free from weeds. This short study uses local council tendering information to explore the potential impact on councils—and council tax payers—of a ban on glyphosate. 

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Oxford Economics research team

Our economic impact team produces original, evidence-based research made accessible to decision makers and opinion leaders. Principals for this project included:

Peter Collings
Lead Economist, Economic Impact