World Agrochemical Network Chinese website reported:Recently, the German cabinet passed a draft law that German farmers will have to gradually reduce the use of glyphosate and stop using glyphosate completely from 2024 to protect insect habitats.
German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said in a statement that the moment of glyphosate’s exit is coming soon, and environmentalists have been working hard for this.
German farmers criticized the draft, saying that the bill will force the survival of family-run farms into crisis, and that the ban is promoting biodiversity compared with the cooperation between farmers and conservationists. The effectiveness of this aspect is really limited.
Glyphosate was developed by Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer, under the Roundup brand. Since the World Health Organization concluded in 2015 that glyphosate may cause cancer, it has sparked intense global controversy.
According to the draft law, some areas will ban the use of herbicides and pesticides that may harm bees. In addition, certain types of lights will be prohibited to reduce light pollution.
, Joachim Rukwied, head of the German Farmers’ Association, stated that the proposed regulations are the wrong path to achieve efficient environmental protection, adding:“Agricultural practitioners and protectors have established partnerships and determined common goals, methods and incentives. There is more hope for protecting the environment.”
The legislation still needs to be approved by the Bundestag lower house and the Bundestag upper house. They represent the interests of the 16 federal states in Germany. This process usually takes several months.