Germany Will Phase Out Glyphosate Herbicides ”As Fast As Possible”

Posted on Feb 9 2018 - 1:03am by Sustainable Pulse

The new German government will aim to end the use of glyphosate herbicides “as fast as possible”, according to the draft deal to establish a new German coalition government published on Wednesday on the homepage of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party.

The draft states; “We will with a systematic minimalisation strategy significantly restrict use of plant protection chemicals containing glyphosate, with the goal of fundamentally ending usage as fast as possible.

“We will develop alternatives jointly with the agricultural sector as part of an arable farming strategy which will regulate environmentally friendly and nature-compatible use of plant protection chemicals.”


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German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt recently admitted that he acted alone in ordering officials to vote in favor of renewing the controversial weedkiller glyphosate in Europe — without consulting Chancellor Angela Merkel. Schmidt’s move in November meant that a qualified majority of EU member states agreed to the European Commission’s proposal for the renewal of the approval of glyphosate for five years.

However, there has since been a huge political fallout for Schmidt, who had hoped to sweep the glyphosate issue under the carpet. He in fact unintentionally made glyphosate herbicides one of the main focuses during the formation of the new German government, which has now led to the beginning of the end for glyphosate herbicides in Germany.

In other great news the new German government will confirm the current ban on growing crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Germany and an expansion of organic farming, the draft deal stated. They will also oppose patents on animals or plants and will not accept cloning of animals for food production.

An animal welfare food label will also be introduced in Germany for meat produced using farming methods with high care standards.

These huge steps come after the Great Glyphosate Rebellion in the European Union, which led to many governments turning strongly against both Monsanto and the world’s most used herbicide – glyphosate, which is the active ingredient of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.

In December 2017,  Sustainable Pulse was made aware of a letter sent on December 19 by the Ministers of Environment or Agriculture of France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Malta and Greece to the European Commission calling for a new study on the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate and also a study to identify alternatives to the World’s most used herbicide.

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  1. TRAN THI LANH February 9, 2018 at 14:18 - Reply

    MONSANTO engaged with IRRI in order to promote GOLDEN RICE and lobby different government for application.

    Becarefull with IRRI international. They are stolen different our Local Rice Seed in Vietnam as well as in Lao in over the last 30 decades.

    What is a pity, that both Vietnamese and Laos governement never known their mean before.

    • Kenneth Gallaher February 9, 2018 at 20:43 - Reply

      The Big GMO people like to flog so called golden rice as a huge GMO success – it is nothing of the sort.
      It does not provide the nutrition claimed.
      The Chinese publication “proving’ Golden Rice was a fraud and was withdrawn.
      That rice is a GMO Trojan horse.
      Note that IRRI is run by Cornell which is deep in flogging GMOs.

  2. Ken Gallaher February 9, 2018 at 20:01 - Reply

    Good for Germany.
    Now if the US would only be so smart.

  3. TRAN THI LANH February 12, 2018 at 09:51 - Reply
  4. TRAN THI LANH February 12, 2018 at 10:01 - Reply

    The Glyphosate herbicides is not only killing soil, micro-organism and biodiversity, but also killing human continuation. MONSANTO is leading this guilt and must be in “the natural courts”. The Natural Court will have right decision to punish MONSANTO since 1911 in the 20 century up to today.

  5. TRAN THI LANH February 12, 2018 at 10:10 - Reply

    GMO challenges and Risks in Vietnam

  6. TRAN THI LANH February 12, 2018 at 12:52 - Reply

    MONSANTO in Vietnam

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