Berlin, Germany—Germany will ban the use of the weedkiller glyphosate from the end of 2023 and limit its use before then, according to Reuters, which cited a statement from the Environment Ministry. Glyphosate is thought to be a carcinogen; a World Health Organization agency concluded in 2015 that it probably causes cancer.
From 2020 onward, there will be a substantial reduction in the quantity of glyphosate being sprayed in Germany: There are bans on use in private homes and gardens, in public areas, and before harvests, and “considerable restrictions” on use before sowing and after harvests, Reuters reports.
As WholeFoods has reported in the past, Bayer—which acquired Monsanto last year—is facing thousands of lawsuits over claims that glyphosate causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and has already lost three separate cases: One against groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, one against married couple Alva and Alberta Pilliod, and a two-part trial against Edwin Hardeman that found that, not only had glyphosate caused his cancer, but that Bayer, through the Monsanto brand, was responsible for it.
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Reuters notes that Austria’s lower house of parliament passed a bill banning all uses of glyphosate in July, and around 20 French mayors banned it from their municipalities last month.
Bayer said: “Such a ban would ignore the overwhelming scientific assessments of competent authorities around the world that have determined for more than 40 years that glyphosate can be used safely.”