Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in the world, in addition to not being biodegradable, affecting biodiversity, it has recently been detected that those who are directly exposed to it suffer a serious risk of getting lymphomas and other types of cancer.
That is why Germany intends to ban it from the end of 2023, the year in which the authorization period of the European Union expires. Meanwhile, the country will make a progressive effort to reduce the use of the chemical in gardens, vacant lots and in the countryside.
The ban was introduced last week as part of an insect conservation program. "What hurts insects also hurts people," said German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze.
What we need are more buzzes and more buzzes, ”Schulze added, emphasizing that“ a world without insects is a place where life is not worth living. ” The use of glyphosate has been associated with the decline of insects in the world, thus affecting the pollination of species, including agriculture.
Its active ingredient kills any plant in the area, surviving only those transgenic seeds (genetically modified) that are also a development of the same company, forcing the producer to buy a herbicide package plus transgenic seeds.
Bayer, which sells the product under the Roundup brand, reacted against the ban, stating that the use of glyphosate is safe, although experts from around the world warn that the chemical can cause cancer in humans. In 2015, the World Health Organization published a report that concludes that glyphosate is a possible cause of cancer.
Germany's ban is a consequence of the adoption of a law in Austria that prohibits the chemical. Last month, 20 French mayors also decided to ban this and other pesticides in their municipalities. Glyphosate has also been banned in Colombia since 2015, but there is strong lobbying for the ban to be revoked in the country.
In 2017, the European Parliament passed a resolution to ban the use of glyphosate until 2022, but after an extreme reaction from the industry, the EU Commission voted to extend the glyphosate license for another five years.
Despite this expansion, many countries that disagreed with it have made progress in phasing out the use of the chemical.