Weeds are more dangerous than alcohol
Alcohol is considered more dangerous than glyphosate
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The IVA accuses the environmental institute of a fear campaign. After all, beer contains four to eight percent alcohol. This substance is considered "just like sunbathing or eating an organic bratwurst" to be definitely carcinogenic. Glyphosate, on the other hand, ranks one step below together with hot mate tea, hairdressing or red meat. The IVA and the Environment Institute rely on a classification by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Farmers' Association blames grain imports
There is also a dispute about the origin of the pesticide in German beers. The German Farmers' Association (DBV) rejected the responsibility. "We have the world's strictest plant protection law in Germany," said a DBV spokesman. According to the farmers' association, its use in the pre-harvest treatment of brewing barley is prohibited in this country. However, it is possible that farmers treat the soil with glyphosate-containing agents before planting the seeds in order to rid it of weeds. However, glyphosate degrades in the soil within two to three weeks. "If the pesticide was still there when it was planted, nothing would grow," said the spokesman.
It was difficult to determine from which source the pesticide found came, said the farmers' association spokesman. It is possible that traces of glyphosate found their way into the production chain through the import of brewing barley. According to the farmers' association, around one million tons of brewing barley are grown annually in Germany. An equally large amount is imported - mainly from France, Denmark and the UK.
Glyphosate is the most widely used weed killer in the world. But there are increasing indications that the substance can harm humans and animals. The supervisory authorities see no reason for bans, critics accuse them of playing down. Studies repeatedly cause a sensation, the interpretation of which is controversial. A panel of the World Health Organization (WHO), for example, classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic" last year. According to the manufacturers, however, these were only "theoretical considerations" without reference to real consumer risks.
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