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Germany: Pesticides in drinking water

Enough! No more pesticides in groundwater!

21.05.2020 Author: Isolde Moussot Original language: de Translator: Isolde Moussot
Last change: Isolde Moussot Date update: 26.05.2020 19:48

A very informative film contribution by ZDF on 27.1.2020 shows the connections in an impressive way. Among other things, it reports how diligently further pesticides will be approved, how the extension of pesticides will be extended in a very controversial way and what Mrs. Klöckner

has to do with it.

Facts created in this way have long-term effects on our groundwater and soils. We, our children and our children's children, will pay the bill for the omitted measures!!

Click here for the film: https://www.zdf.de/verbraucher/wiso/pestizide-im-wasser---wie-stehts-um-die-wasserqualitaet-im-trinkwasser-100

Glyphosate in raw water exceeds the drinking water limits at some measuring points, according to Bernhard Röhrle from the Baden-Württemberg water supply company. Other pesticides, pharmaceuticals and nitrates also cause concern. It is becoming increasingly difficult to safeguard and guarantee the quality of drinking water, says Mr. Röhrle.

Pesticides are suspected of damaging the nervous and immune systems, reducing fertility and being carcinogenic. The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Agriculture already has information on the pesticides that farmers apply in the fields. Farmers are required to document the use of pesticides and show them on request. This information could be very helpful in water analysis. However, the ministry refuses to provide this information to water companies because they would not have a legitimate interest in doing so! Now the state water supply company is suing against this.

Because pesticides, once applied, are deposited in the soil layers and gradually washed out, pesticides that were applied decades ago and are now banned are still in the groundwater.

That is why it is also said that groundwater has a long memory. This makes it all the more important to better control and minimise the new authorisation of new pesticides and currently authorised pesticides.

There are pesticides that cannot be filtered out of groundwater.

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, with Minister Mrs. Klöckner, and the Ministry of the Environment are in dispute over the further approval of pesticides. If they cannot reach an agreement, the pesticides are automatically approved for a further limited period! This has already happened 18 times between 1.1.2020 and 27.1.2020! Each time the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has rejected the concerns of the Federal Ministry of the Environment and thus created facts. Even pesticides containing glyphosate are extended in this way!

It is time to change this procedure! Is it legally compliant? Important measures to safeguard our drinking water are being neglected! And these facts, which are created in this way, have long-term effects on our groundwater and the soil.

The bill for the omitted measures will be paid by us, our children and grandchildren!

And there are already effective alternatives to pesticides, as can be read here, among other things:
https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/themen/staedte-ohne-pestizide-neue-wege-der

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Sources:

https://www.zdf.de/verbraucher/wiso/pestizide-im-wasser---wie-stehts-u

Further links:

https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/niedersachsen/Pestizidgefahr-im-Grundwa

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pestizid

https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/themen/staedte-ohne-pestizide-neue-wege