Glyphosate is used in the agricultural sector to eliminate weeds during the pre-planting phase of crops. It is also used as a pre-emergent herbicide after sowing but before the crop shoots emerge. It can be used as a post- emergent herbicide in glyphosate-tolerant crops such as soybeans, corn, cotton and canola. Annually, 21 million hectares of soya resistant to glyphosate are planted worldwide, representing 60% of all soya cultivated. This implies regular use of glyphosate.

This figure is extracted from the publication "Alternatives for the use of glyphosate" available here.