The United States, Australia and New Zealand produce the most herbicides globally, according to a report released Wednesday by the World Health Organization.
While the U.S. is the world leader in herbicide use, Australia is second and New York third.
The report ranked each country based on the amount of herbicides used per capita.
New Zealand ranked third, and Australia sixth.
The WHO also noted that some of the most used herbicides, such as glyphosate and aminopyran sulfate, are “contaminants of health.”
The top 10 herbicide-producing countries are: United States: 8,000 kilograms of glyphosate, 8,500 kilograms of aminopyramine, and 2,000 kg of pyrazinamide Source: World Health Organisation report on herbicides in 2016, United Nations report on global pesticide use, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Source: WHO report on pesticide use in 2016 United States was responsible for 70 percent of the world production of herbicide by 2017, according the EPA.
The U.K. was the most prolific producer, producing 7,000 metric tons of glyphosate per year.
In 2017, the U