Frankfurt — Germany plans an insect protection law to slash the use of pesticides and pump tens of millions of euros into research, a minister said on Sunday, as global concern grows over the impact of human beings on the crucial invertebrates. “We human beings need insects, they deserve to be protected with their own law,” environment minister Svenja Schulze told weekly Bild am Sonntag. Her “action plan for protecting insects”, seen by news agency DPA, would provide annual funding of €100m for the cause, including €25m for research.

Germany would also stop covering new land with concrete for roads or home construction until 2050, and limit light emissions at night to avoid disorienting the six-legged creatures. The federal government would set rules for “environmentally and naturally bearable application of pesticides and significant reduction of their input and that of other harmful substances into insect habitats”, according to the document. Schulze’s scheme would include a...

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