In the dispute over the approval of a glyphosate-containing Unkrautgifts the Federal environment Minister, Svenja Schulze (SPD) has accused the Federal agriculture Minister, Julia Klöckner (CDU) unauthorized Action.

“Normally, we do this together, it has issued without the approval of my authorities, as a permit,” said Schulze, in an Interview the week of the Deutschlandfunk to be broadcast on Sunday. “I can’t.” In the coalition agreement is clearly stipulated that Germany should get out of glyphosate.

The Federal office for consumer protection and food safety (BVL), which belongs to the Ministry of agriculture, had been approved in February 18 plant protection products is limited to the end of 2019. Including one that contains the controversial ingredient glyphosate. According to the Ministry of the environment were intended to protect to comply with the requirements of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), namely application of the provisions for the creation of balance, the diversity of species.

The BVL sees in the law. The compensation should be a time of preparation created spaces – from January 2020 – approval is only valid until the end of 2019. On the other hand one is in the Ministry of the environment is of the opinion that the application of the determination would be independent of the approval period must be taken into account.

In the coalition agreement agreed by the Union and the SPD, the use of glyphosate-containing plant protection products significantly restrict, “with the goal to finish the application as soon as possible basically”. What exactly that is, is between Klöckner and Schulze controversial. Glyphosate is suspected to be carcinogenic, and damage the biodiversity.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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