From 2020 onward, there will be a substantial reduction in the quantity of glyphosate being sprayed in Germany: There are bans on use in private homes and gardens, in public areas, and before harvests, and “considerable restrictions” on use before sowing and after harvests, Reuters reports.
AsWholeFoodshas reported in the past, Bayer—which acquired Monsanto last year—is facing thousands of lawsuits over claims that glyphosate causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and has already lost three separate cases: One against groundskeeperDewayne Johnson, one against married coupleAlva and Alberta Pilliod, and a two-part trial againstEdwin Hardemanthat found that, not only had glyphosate caused his cancer, but that Bayer, through the Monsanto brand, was responsible for it.
Related: A ‘Roundup’ on Glyphosate Glyphosate Exposes Honey Bees to Pathogens, New Study Finds Are your food and supplements free of Glyphosate Chemical Residue? – Interview with Bethany DavisReuters notes that Austria’s lower house of parliament passed a bill banning all uses of glyphosate in July, and around 20 French mayors banned it from their municipalities last month.
Bayer said: “Such a ban would ignore the overwhelming scientific assessments of competent authorities around the world that have determined for more than 40 years that glyphosate can be used safely.”