The Monsanto Company’s worst nightmare occurred earlier this spring when the World Health Organization declared the main component of its best-selling herbicide, Roundup, to be a “probable” carcinogen, and many of the trickle-down effects are just now starting to be felt across the world.
Recently, Germany’s state ministers decided to take action when it was announced that they had drafted a resolution for the for “the supply to and use (of glyphosate) by private persons to be banned for precautionary reasons.”
The news was reported on by the website EurActiv Germany and quoted in this article by GM Watch.
In this case, use of the harmful chemicals in places where children, pets and others live and play was cited as a key reason for the proposal.
“This pesticide should not be found in gardens, parks or on children’s playgrounds. I also do not think use in private gardens is appropriate,” said Lower Saxony’s Consumer Protection Minister Christian Meyer. Meyer is the current chairman of the Consumer Protection Minister Conference.
The call for a ban comes at a time when the clock is winding down on glyphosate’s status as being approved in the European Union. Approved status for glyhosate will expire at the end of 2015.
Glyphosate is still sprayed en masse on most crops in the United States, however, including Monsanto’s GMOs that are resistant to them. This is just one key point that will be discussed and otherwise broadcast by March Against Monsanto protesters across the world on May 23.
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For more details on the proposed German ban read the full GMWatch article here.