Germany seeks to ban glyphosate in pesticide licencing review

Germany’s Federal Environmental Agency is set to adopt new requirements for the authorization of pesticides in a bid to end the use of the controversial herbicide glyphosate, Berlin has announced

Germany’s Federal Environmental Agency is set to adopt new requirements for the authorization of pesticides in a bid to end the use of the controversial herbicide glyphosate, Berlin announced on Tuesday.

Environment minister Svenja Schulze, a Social Democrat member of the coalition government, said the new measures were intended to significantly improve the protection of biodiversity.

“If other perhaps even more damaging pesticides are used instead of glyphosate, the environment will not be any better off, so we will demand new nature conservation requirements for the approval process of every pesticide that harms biodiversity,” Schulze said.

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