Germany Is Banning An Insect-Killing Chemical

The move is being celebrated globally.

Germany announced on Wednesday that it'd ban pesticides containing the chemical glyphosate by 2023.

Svenja Schulze, Germany's Environment Minister, said the country hopes to protect biodiversity and humans with the move. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup, a weedkiller the World Health Organization (WHO) designated as a "probably carcinogen" in 2015.


The German government's policy statement is not legally binding, but it comes after a series of protests for Chancellor Merkel to act. Germany says it aims to reduce the use of herbicides containing glyphosate by 75 percent before 2024. 

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"A world without insects is not worth living in," Schulze said at a press conference. "What harms insects also harms people... What we need is more humming and buzzing."

Biologists have said that the weedkiller harms insect populations and hope this policy change could protect them going forward.


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