Aimpoint Research has released a report describing the far-reaching consequences of a world without Glyphosate
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A Future Without Glyphosate

Glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the United States, has been at the center of heated public debate for years. Recently, concerns surrounding its potential impact on human health and the environment have led to discussions about the possibility of its discontinuation. Aimpoint Research, a global strategic intelligence firm specializing in agri-food, has released a comprehensive report titled “A Future Without Glyphosate” to shed light on the complexities of this scenario and its potential ramifications on the agricultural system, farmers’ livelihoods, the economy, and the environment.

Led by Colonel Mark Purdy, Aimpoint Research’s Chief Operations Officer, and Gregg Doud, the firm’s Chief Economist, the report delves into the intricacies of a world without glyphosate. To create a detailed future scenario, Aimpoint Research employed a variety of research methods, including open-source research, economic modeling, subject-matter expert interviews, and military-style wargaming techniques. Colonel Purdy remarked, “Ongoing public debate about glyphosate has led some to question what the impacts would be if it were no longer available, and Aimpoint Research is uniquely suited to develop that future scenario.”

The report outlines that while the agricultural system and markets would eventually adapt to the absence of glyphosate, the short-term consequences would be both costly and far-reaching. The following key findings highlight the potential impacts:

  1. Increased Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Without glyphosate, farmers would resort to increased tillage and decreased cover crop usage. This change in farming practices could lead to the release of up to 34 million tons of CO2, an amount equivalent to emissions from 6.8 million cars or nearly 36.5 million acres of forests. Such a setback would reverse decades of conservation and sustainability gains.
  2. Higher Input Costs for Farmers: The unavailability of glyphosate would necessitate the adoption of alternative herbicides, leading to limited supply and higher prices. As a result, farmers could face a 2-2.5x increase in input costs, with smaller farms disproportionately impacted.
  3. Elevated Production Costs: Increasing tillage to compensate for the lack of glyphosate would raise production costs by over $1.9 billion, adding financial strain to the agricultural sector.
  4. Inflationary Pressure on Food Prices: The rise in production costs would exert inflationary pressure on food prices over the long term, affecting consumers’ wallets.
  5. Global Competitiveness of U.S. Agriculture: The absence of glyphosate would make U.S. agriculture, particularly corn production, less competitive on the global stage.
  6. Challenges in Innovation and Investment: While alternatives to glyphosate would eventually become available, it would take several years and significant investment to develop and implement them. Regulatory uncertainty and a void in crop protection innovation could potentially slow down this process.

The report underlines the pivotal role that glyphosate currently plays in modern agriculture. It helps keep costs down, promotes increased conservation practices, and contributes to sustainable farming methods.

As the public seeks to understand the potential implications of a future without glyphosate, Aimpoint Research’s report serves as a valuable resource. The findings underscore the importance of finding a balanced approach to address concerns surrounding glyphosate while considering the implications on farmers, the economy, and the environment.

For those interested in delving deeper into the research, the full report is accessible on Aimpoint Research’s website at

Aimpoint Research is a global, strategic intelligence firm specializing in agri-food. Leveraging a unique blend of military intelligence techniques and innovative research methodologies, the firm provides its clients with a competitive advantage by offering insights into current market conditions, future trends, and strategies for success. Led by former military intelligence officers, agri-food experts, and research professionals, the Aimpoint Research team is driven by the core belief that food security is integral to national security.

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