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Germany moves to ban glyphosate weed killer by 2023

Germany intends to ban the use of the controversial herbicide glyphosate by 2023. They find its impact on insect populations and biodiversity is not acceptable anymore. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, which the German company Bayer bought from US agribusiness Monsanto last year.

The German government announced it would start a gradual phasing out of the product starting next year because it wipes out insect populations that are crucial for food crop pollination and ecosystem maintenance. The chemical will be fully banned by 2023, when the EU’s current approval period for the use of the chemical ends.

"What harms insects also harms people," said Germany's environment minister Svenja Schulze at a press conference Wednesday, adding that "a world without insects is not worth living in".

As explained on, Germany will roll out its ban in multiple phases, according to the policy roadmap which sets the basis for new laws and regulations.

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