Cornucopia’s Take: Germany’s ex-minister of agriculture Christian Schmidt played a major role in the recent re-licensure of glyphosate in the European Union, despite the German peoples’ opposition to the ubiquitous herbicide. The article below notes that, despite the EU’s renewal of glyphosate use, Germany is now working toward terminating the use of glyphosate and GMOs. Monsanto is likely pleased with Schmidt’s controversial intervention in the EU but undoubtedly nervous about the potential termination of glyphosate usage.
Germany reportedly agrees to ban GMO crops, phase out glyphosate herbicide ‘as soon as possible’
U.S. Ex-Ag Secretary Vilsack
After a week of talks, German coalition negotiators agreed on the cornerstones of their new programme. But when a new government could actively participate in meaningful EU reform is still uncertain. EURACTIV Germany reports.
In the programme, there is not much left of the optimism and visions for a leading role in Europe that was once touted. The upcoming SPD party congress vote is hanging like the sword of Damocles above the final decision over the forming of a new government.
After the controversial renewal of weed killer glyphosate ’s EU approval,its usage will be limited in Germany and “as soon as possible essentially terminated”, the former German agriculture minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) said. Schmidt upset the apple cart when he went rogue and significantly contributed to the re-licensing of glyphosate. Read Full Article »