The Austrian National Council has called for a ban on the controversial herbicide glyphosate. Thus, Austrian farmers will be the first in the European Union who will not use it in crop production, according to Deutsche Welle.
Experts, however, doubt that the states of the European Union will agree with such a decision and the European Parliament will approve it locked. Earlier, Europe voted on the use of glyphosate and decided to use it in agriculture for another 3 years, until 2022. Most likely, the European Commission will want to challenge the decision of the Austrian parliament, according to the rules it has 3 months for this. According to the general European legislation, the states of the European Union only in exceptional cases have the right to prohibit chemicals approved in the European community that are used in various sectors of the national economy.
Glyphosate herbicide causes a lot of controversy among farmers, scientists and the public. No one has yet set a point on the issue of its safety for agriculture. There are both his supporters and opponents. This drug is widely used in Russia to fight weeds. And in Germany, for example, it is used by almost half of agricultural enterprises.
Earlier, ROSNG agency reported that over the past 30 years on the land of flying insects, including bees, it has become 76 percent less. Many argue that this happened due to the use of chemicals, in particular glyphosate.
A source: https://rosng.ru/