Germany pledges action against pesticides

Germany’s environment secretary Svenja Schulze has unveiled wide-ranging proposals to protect insect life, including changes to the country’s agricultural support schemes

Germany’s environment secretary Svenja Schulze has unveiled wide-ranging proposals to protect insect life, including changes to the country’s agricultural support schemes.

The measures, which will now be subject to a four-week consultation, include making “significant reductions” in the use of plant protection products, with a greater emphasis placed on insect protection during the approval process for such products.

The government could also impose bans on the use of pesticides and herbicides in the areas most at risk, toughen up regulations on strips of natural land running along rivers, add financial incentives for farmers promoting biodiversity and place additional protections on biodiverse habitats such as grassland.

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