Because ‘A World Without Insects Is Not Worth Living In,’ Germany Announces Plan To Ban Glyphosate

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Above Photo: Protesters hold balloons on January 20, 2018 in Berlin during a demonstration under the slogan “We are fed up” against agricultural politics and the use of glyphosate, dumping exports and for sustainable agriculture. (Photo: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)

“What we need is more humming and buzzing.”

The German government announced Wednesday it had agreed on a plan to phase out the use of glyphosate—the key chemical in the weedkiller Roundup—with a total ban set to begin by the end of 2023.

“Way to go, Germany!” tweeted the U.S.-based advocacy group Organic Consumers Association.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed to the plan Wednesday. The proposal, reported Bloomberg, also says that the “government intends to oppose any request for the E.U. to renew the license to produce the weedkiller, according to a release by the environment ministry.”

The European Commission, the E.U.’s rules and regulations body, in 2017 renewed the license for glyphosate in the bloc through the end of 2022.

Germany’s environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, framed the new move as necessary to protect biodiversity, and said that “a world without insects is not worth living in”.

“What harms insects also harms people,” Schulze said at a press conference. “What we need is more humming and buzzing.”

Glyphosate is no longer exclusive to Monsanto’s Roundup, as it “is now off-patent and marketed worldwide by dozens of other chemical groups including Dow Agrosciences and Germany’s BASF,” as Reuters noted.

That’s despite the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s 2015 designation of glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen,” increasing concerns over its health effects, and mounting legal woes for Bayer, which acquired Monsanto last year, as multiple juries have found Roundup to have been a factor in plaintiffs’ cancers.

Such concerns prompted Austria to become the first E.U. country to ban glyphosate, a step it took in July.

Erwin Preiner, a member of the Austrian parliament who worked on the ban, said at the time, “We want to be a role model for other countries in the E.U. and the world.”


  • voza0db

    It’s just funny how we lever ACT NOW… It’s always postponed for some time in the FUTURE.

  • Lili-Ann Berg

    Exactly my thought. It’s all just political posturing, trying to temporarily allaying the fears of the populace, while the true allegiance is to Capital – i.e. profit at all cost
    Austria actually banned it, acting as if they won a popularity contest. Admirable, but is it a genuine and lasting commitment? I doubt it.

  • emernel

    That’s a joke, these politicians should be ashamed and should be thrown out of office. Ban that garbage everywhere NOW

  • rgaura

    They need an EU ban, as its water soluble, and moves with rain and snowfall, rivers and streams. EU has gone just as fascist and anti science in this regard as the US. Luckily, we have allies around the world on this one, fighting for the health of all beings. Ban it. Incarcerate the corporate criminals, and fine them out of business. We have the data.