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Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz DeutschlandBerlin. The Association for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) had Christmas trees examined by an independent laboratory for residues of almost 140 pesticides. The laboratory found what they were looking for in 14 of a total of 23 trees tested. A total of nine different active substances were detected, seven of which are among the most dangerous currently used in the EU. “Our test shows: When growing Christmas trees in plantations, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are used on a large scale,” says BUND pesticide expert Corinna Hölzel. “The high multiple exposure is particularly critical; many Christmas trees are exposed to a real cocktail of pesticides. The interaction of the individual substances on human health is almost unknown. ”With seven discoveries, the insect control agent lambda-cyhalothrin was found very often, it is considered the most harmful pesticide currently approved in the EU. Among other things, it damages nerve cells and the hormone system, is highly toxic for bees and aquatic life and also accumulates in other living beings. The controversial total herbicide glyphosate was detected in two Christmas trees. The fact that BUND was able to detect two pesticides that are not approved either in Germany (chlorpyrifos) or for growing Christmas trees (tau-fluvalinate) is scandalous. The BUND contacted the dealers to have this illegal use cleared up. More than a quarter of the trees tested were contaminated with at least two active substances, three trees even contained residues of three pesticides. “Not only the multiple exposure, but also the many active ingredients that are among the most dangerous pesticides are frightening. These pesticides should be banned and not in the Christmas trees in our living rooms, ”said Hölzel. The use of pesticides on plantations is primarily a problem for biodiversity. “The poisons get into the soil and water, they kill and damage bees and other insects and destroy the habitats of beneficial insects. Four of the active ingredients found are highly toxic for bees, ”says the BUND pesticide expert. Unfortunately, German politics is failing all along the line in solving this problem. Instead of paying lip service to the protection of bees from Federal Minister of Agriculture Klöckner, effective bans on substances that are toxic to bees are finally needed. Furthermore, there are no concrete measures to reduce the use of pesticides by at least 50 percent by 2030, as proposed by the EU Commission in 2020.More informationBackground: Most of the Christmas trees examined came from German plantations and were randomly taken to hardware stores, garden centers and street sales Acquired 23 sales outlets in eight federal states. The BUND advises consumers to buy certified organic Christmas trees that are guaranteed to be free from harmful substances, or a tree from local FSC-certified forests that are not treated with pesticides. The website of FSC Germany provides information about FSC-certified forest operations. Consumers can recognize organic trees by the seal of the organic cultivation associations Bioland, Naturland or Demeter. Background: BUND Christmas tree test for pesticides in December 2020 (PDF) Christmas tree sales outlets in Bavaria In order to force a reduction in pesticides, citizens can sign with the European citizens’ initiative “Save bees and farmers” Contact: Corinna Hölzel, BUND pesticide expert, mobile: 01 75 / 4 48 76 91, corinna.hoelzel (at) bund.net and BUND press office (Sigrid Wolff / Daniel Jahn / Judith Freund / Heye Jensen), Tel. (030) 2 75 86-425 / -531 / -497 / -464, presse (at) bund.net

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