German state to restrict glyphosate use
The German state of Lower Saxony aims to restrict the use of the herbicide, glyphosate, in light of the decision by the UN WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to classify the active ingredient as probably carcinogenic. The Minister of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Christian Meyer, who belongs to the Green party, has said that he would keep glyphosate as one of the main topics in the conference of consumer ministers in the city of Osnabrück. Lower Saxony holds the Presidency of the conference this year. The Minister wants to “significantly restrict” the use of the ai in agriculture and completely ban it in the municipal sector and the hobby gardener area. After the publication of the IARC report in March, the German federal institute for risk assessment, the BfR, had negated the claims and stood by its assessment of glyphosate as non-carcinogenic.