German farmers plant ‘chemical-free’ demonstration plots to educate public about glyphosate

Glyphosate. . . is heavily used by farmers to clear fields of weeds . . .

In 2015, a report found the non-selective herbicide to be a “probable human carcinogen”.

The report prompted consumer concerns about the use of glyphosate, throwing the future use of the chemical into doubt.

In Europe, a ban was nearly implemented this year but . . . farmers were granted a small reprieve with authorisation to use the chemical . . . extended until January 2017.

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Farmers in major European countries. . . are now in the fight of their life to keep the chemical beyond that date.

At 600 farm sites . . . easily viewed by the public, German farmers are trying to educate the public.

Related article:  Vote to approve glyphosate herbicide shakes up German, EU politics

They’ve planted small plots of grain crops, which near harvest are horribly over grown with weeds and wild flowers.

The sign in German translates as “HARVEST IN DANGER! WHAT HAPPENED HERE?”

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“In this field section, we have dispensed with modern crop protection. No products against weeds, fungi, pests have been used.”

Farmers are trying to show what will happen if they lose the use of glyphosate.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: German farmers battling to change minds on glyphosate before the chemical is banned

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