Glyphosate in food: Four tons of honey for the garbage

A beekeeper had to dispose of his honey, because of too much glyphosate contained. The Ministry of agriculture sees this as a "case by case". activist*the M

Glyphosate in food: Four tons of honey for the garbage

A beekeeper had to dispose of his honey, because of too much glyphosate contained. The Ministry of agriculture sees this as a "case by case".

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BERLIN tilt with glyphosate-contaminated honey in front of the state of the economy taz | Angry beekeepers Sebastian tilts Seusig a bucket of honey in front of the feet of Stefan Schulz, staff in the Federal Ministry of food and agriculture. Four tonnes of glyphosate-contaminated honey has Seusig dumped this year harvested, and now with the Foundation Aurelia in front of the Ministry. "We can no longer say Beekeepers, it take out that in the Ministry of agriculture, the interests of Bayer and BASF are more important than the protection of the insects and the preservation of our family farms", Seusig.

With the action to build the beekeeper*the internal pressure in the dispute to glyphosate. For years, there will be a dispute about the risk. While the beekeeper*are able to see in glyphosate a great danger, allays Schulz: "We regret the damage that Mr Seusig has experienced. But it is an isolated incident.“ Glyphosate residues in honey are not a Problem in Germany. As of 2016 in Brandenburg, a similar case was known, have studies confirmed this assessment.

The Federal office of consumer protection investigated in the year 2018, 61 honey samples for glyphosate. In two samples residues were found, and one sample exceeded the limit value. A spokesman for the office does not consider glyphosate to be problematic: "We have no evidence that honey strongly with glyphosate charged could be."

The Foundation Aurelia considers the tests to be sufficient, because mandatory controls on glyphosate for beekeeping farms. Seusig his honey has to be suspicion of as a farmer in addition to his bees, the blooming lion sticks sprayed the tooth with the pesticide. His samples exceeded the European limit value of the 152-fold.

to protect yourself from glyphosate contamination, advises Stefan Schulz, the beekeepers, and the agricultural Holdings is to be handled. "This is a proposal for the theory," said Thomas Radetzki, member of the Board of the Aurelia Foundation. Actually, the beekeeper*the inside not what to do with their sticks knew, because the bees will fly over an area of about three square kilometers.

60,000 euros of damage for Sebastian Seusig by the contaminated honey: "We have decided to close the apiary. The risk I cannot take again next year.“ A Problem of disposal is: so Far he did not find any company for the four tons of honey accepts.

Updated Date: 15 January 2020, 17:00

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