Sunday, July 14, 2019
How long can farmers in Germany still disperse glyphosate-containing agents? Minister of Agriculture Klöckner sees no opportunity to follow the example of Austria. A complete national ban, he says, is incompatible with EU law.
Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner expects the end of the use of the herbicide glyphosate in the EU no later than 2022. It is not expected that the majority will continue to be in the EU after 2022 to extend glyphosate approval, said the CDU's "Tagesspiegel am Sonntag" policy. But before that, there was a bit of work, she stressed.
"European legislation states that a complete national ban is not possible until glyphosate is approved in the EU," Klöckner said. In Germany, strategies are being developed to reduce or eliminate the use of a weed killer.
Glyphosate, one of the most commonly used protective agents in the world, is allegedly causing cancer. This is controversial in research. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated the broadband herbicide 2015 as "likely to cause cancer". The European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), on the other hand, sees no risk of developing cancer.
Isolated CSU decision
Glyphosate is still permitted in the European Union by 2022. However, many countries have severely restricted the use of glyphosate-containing products for home users. The renewal of approval in 2017 strongly supported Germany: contrary to existing agreements, the then Federal Minister of Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, cleared the way for Europe-wide respect for the problematic insect toxin. Only a few weeks after the Bundestag elections, CSU politician gave the big coalition one of the first major crises.
At the beginning of July, Austria was the first country in the EU to decide on a total ban on the controversial remedy. However, it is not clear whether Austria violates the ban on EU law. Developed and marketed a global, active ingredient glyphosate from the American Monsanto group, which is now the German chemical group Bayer took over. The agent also distributes more than 40 other manufacturers. Critical experts, such as the Bund Nature Conservation, also blame glyphosate for the extinction of species in bees, bumblebees and other insects and birds in the agricultural landscape.