Germany: Glyphosate study "tree bark"
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An alliance of organic producers and traders wants to promote "agriculture suitable for the grandchildren". Experts assume that pesticides spread via the air and are quasi ubiquitous. A tree bark study on the initiative "Aktion Ackergifte? No, thank you" will prove that.
A team of scientists will take samples from tree bark at many locations throughout Germany, examine them for pesticide contamination and combine the results in a study. The costs will amount to a six-figure sum, estimates Johanna Bär, who supervises the project at the Schweisfurth Foundation. She recruited other supporters. Bär said at BioWest that the results will be available at the beginning of 2019 and should provide scientific support for a ban on all synthetic field poisons. The study "Urinale" showed as early as 2015 that 99.6 percent of the participants had glyphosate in their urine.
Tree bark study investigates the spread of pesticides
The German Schweisfurth Foundation supports the alliance of organic producers and organic traders for an "agriculture suitable for the grandchildren". The focus of the initiative is the topic of arable poisons and the desire to reduce them also in conventional agriculture in order to enable future generations to still live in a healthy environment. According to the pilot study, in which among other things a pesticide load in the English Garden in Munich was determined in tree barks, the alliance finances an independent tree bark study on the "Pesticides? No, thank you!".
Experts assume that pesticides spread via the air and are quasi ubiquitous. A team of scientists will take samples from tree bark at many locations throughout Germany, examine them for pesticide contamination and combine the results in a study. If the assumption that pesticides are widespread in cities and organic fields is proven, the coexistence of organic and chemical agriculture must be called into question.
In a round of discussions, Alice Fridum from the company Egesun/ Morgenland hopes that consumers will once again make much greater use of their power and, conscious "to steer the world with consumption", will cast their vote in purchasing. She also emphasised: "We need a change of system - conventional agriculture must no longer endanger organic farming".