The Federal office for consumer protection and food safety (BVL) has, up to the end of the year. The Federal government had announced its intention to in the future on the controversial herbicide without. So to apply according to the will of the Federal environment Agency (UBA), the need of the authorisation of the glyphosate-containing composition to agree, from 2020 to more stringent requirements for the protection of biodiversity. A total of 18 plant protection products have been limited until 31. December approved, most of which are new registrations.

the company Bayer produced glyphosate is suspected to be carcinogenic. Bayer must answer, therefore, in the United States, just before the court. In addition, environmentalists criticize the negative impact of the total herbicide for insects – for example bees.

Currently, there are still disagreements between the Federal environment Minister, Svenja Schulze (SPD), and Minister of agriculture, Julia Klöckner (CDU) on the UBA requirements. Klöckner is for the glyphosate-exit charge Schulze for the conservation of nature. Already last spring, Klöckner had submitted to the vertices, in November, Schulze made proposals of their own.

glyphosate – Background: glyphosate

was First synthesized glyphosate in 1950. Since the seventies, the substance is used in agriculture. As an essential ingredient of plant protection product Roundup of the group’s Monsanto, it kills weeds in fields with oilseed rape, Maize and other crops.

Up to today, glyphosate is by far the most widely used pesticide. Its use has doubled in the past ten years, such as the study of a pesticide researcher shows (Benbrook et al., 2016). In Germany, farmers buy every year, around 5,000 tonnes of glyphosate-plant protection products – the proportion of the active ingredient at all-selling herbicides, is a good third.

First of all, the chemical was used before sowing, in order to rid Fields of weeds. However, since there are genetically modified plants that are glyphosate-resistant, it can also be used after sowing.

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