The EU’s vote for Glyphosate is a victory for reason and modern agriculture and a bitter defeat for the Green Panic Complex.
German Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt (CSU) and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU)
Politics is largely the art of playing with boundaries. A good example of this was provided by German Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt (CSU). In Brussels yesterday he voted to extend the approval of the plant protection product glyphosate by five years. Eighteen of the 28 EU countries voted in favor of a proposal by the EU Commission, nine states voted against, and one abstained. According to information from inside the EU, Germany voted for the extension – unlike in votes before. The EU Commission now wants to implement the decision quickly. This is a highly symbolic decision.
Background: The ecological-industrial complex in Germany wanted to use the prohibition of Glyphosate — a difficult to replace product in modern agriculture — as a lever to bring about another “Wende” (turnaround): the “Agrarwende” (‘agricultural turnaround’) would put an end to modern agriculture in Germany so that the German people would have to rely exclusively on organic food produced on German soil, sustainable and for at least the next 1,000 years. That was already firmly priced into the Jamaica coalition — an idea as crazy as the Energiewende.
Yet Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt wore the dagger in his garment and stabbed the Fake-News in the back. Accordingly, the green losers are frothing like a shaken bottle of the carbonated eco-drink Bionade.
SPD Minister of the Environment Barbara Hendricks accused her CSU colleague Christian Schmidt of breach of trust. She said she “still disagrees with renewing the approval of Glyphosate”. Regardless, the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture in Brussels voted in favor of Glyphosate’s extension. Whoever was interested in “confidence building between possible coalition partners”, could not behave like this, said Hendricks.
“Glyphosate becomes trust-destroyer”
The SPD’s health spokesman Karl Lauterbach called the vote a “scandal”, while the leader of the Social Democrat’s parliamentary party also criticised the decision. “I regard this vote as a massive betrayal,” an infuriated Andrea Nahles said, adding that the decision had “not been discussed “. “We really find it a heavy burden. I wonder if Mrs. Merkel has her people under control.”
She added: The crisis of confidence between the SPD and the CSU-led ministry could further undermine the already difficult attempts to form a German government. “Glyphosate is destroying the trust,” wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
I guess that was exactly the intention. Apparently neither Mrs. Merkel nor CSU leader Mr. Seehofer have their troops sufficiently under control. It is hard to read the games being played behind closed doors, but it is clear that a remote-controlled torpedo was ignited although it is not known exactly where it will strike. In any case, the statement by Minister of Agriculture Schmidt is characterised by humorous innocence: He justified the German voting behavior in Brussels with the argument that the European Commission had “anyway opted for the renewal of the approval of Glyphosate”. Well, in that case Schmidt could have abstained and everything would be fine. But that’s exactly what he did not want. He obviously wanted to make a point. Against what and for what is not entirely clear.
The beauty of this political brouhaha, however, is that it produces exceptionally positive side effects. It is simply a victory for reason and modern agriculture and a bitter defeat for the Green Panic-Complex. Should a grand coalition of Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) were to come about, the whole affair would be happily off the table.
But in five years, when another EU vote over Glyphosate is expected, the political conditions in Germany and much of Europe will probably have changed so much that ideological fantasies of turning-back the clock will no longer have much chance. The window of opportunity is now closing, which explains the dismay of the green lobby. For the first time, it senses that its agenda may be dashed for good.