Germany is preparing to say enough to glyphosate and all its by-products.
Less than a year after Bayer bought Monsanto, they will begin to apply new conditions for the approval of pesticides and then set the date for the end of the use of herbicides based on glyphosate.
The use of glyphosate in Europe is periodically renewed, the last permit is extended until 2022, the German Minister for the Environment, Svenja Schulze, reported that the possible new approval of the agrochemical would carry an "expiration date", which would put an end to it. to the use of phytosanitary ware in the country.
Schulze, from the center-left Social Democratic Party of the SPD, said that "we want to push for the withdrawal (of glyphosate), including a deadline." The initial idea of the minister is to limit the use of glyphosate in sensitive areas, such as those near water, although a ban cannot be imposed until the end of 2023, when the EU approval expires.
"If other pesticides are used instead of glyphosate, perhaps even more harmful, the environment will not be better," said Schulze, adding that the environment ministry will require new nature conservation requirements for the approval process.
Helmut Schramm, director of Bayer Crop Sciense, warned that by banning glyphosate, German farmers will have to till more land and that could give them less competitive advantage.
“Unfortunately, the glyphosate debate in Germany is determined by political interests and not by solid scientific insight. Glyphosate is a safe, efficient and proven product to ensure farmers' crops ”, added the director of the German firm.
The harms of Monsanto's herbicide
Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides today in both agriculture and gardening. The WHO described it as "probably carcinogenic" and this has led, among other actions, to a citizens' initiative at the European level that, with more than a million signatures collected, has requested the competent authorities to ban it.
But, in addition to its possible harmful effects on human health, glyphosate is also controversial because a study published in the journal Proceedings of the United States National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) indicates that it may also be harming bees.
In Europe, the possible harmful effects on health and the environment of glyphosate have been considered and they have begun to create restrictive measures that will lead to a ban on the use of this herbicide.
German farmers who want to use this product must ensure a pesticide-free area between the glyphosate-treated crop and the surrounding environment in order to protect flora and fauna.
The ministry indicated that this regulation will be extended to all pesticides that have been shown to harm biodiversity.
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