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Crosses of St. Andrew against pesticides

Andrian Cross is often used as a warning symbol. It stands at the crossroads, warns of dangerous substances in the field of chemistry, for example – even the opponents of nuclear energy chose many years ago in yellow form as their symbol. It was recently painted in orange on the façade Organic farm in Hohen Schoenberg see. Along with the announcement of bushes, which is held on a farm weekend, stands under the two crosses of the words: "For agriculture without pesticides".

What is at stake is clear. The question is, this is the unique action of an organic farm in Hohen Schoenberg – Are crosses part of the campaign?

"This is a kind of campaign that is gradually expanding," explains organic farmer Jörg Altmann. "You can see orange crosses as labels cars, even more often hanging on the garden fences. "Together with its" Compagnon " Moritz Ahlhornas Altmann calls a farm worker, and he runs an organic farm for 15 employees.

Asked if conventional farmers in his neighborhood are being robbed, Altmann says, "We are not concerned about the ban on conventional farmers, even if they are natural, pesticides continue to use. "

Altmann explains: "What he and his companions from an ecological farm do is make it all clear and visible in the direction of politics and business. pesticides are forbidden. It is enough to point out that their application not only damages nature but is also detrimental to human health. It is a moving process, and if things continue as they have done over the past few years, there will certainly be more than a lot of facts. "

As for his conventional counterparts in the neighborhood, Altmann says some people know that they have been thinking for a while about whether the journey they are taking is still real. "But they just do not get out of the economic cycle they are in."

Politics, says Altmann, "allows conventional farmers to stay. It's been promoted for too long in the wrong direction, and that is still the case. It's not enough to promote a few blooms in the fields."

Altmann, who also offers ecological farm tours, explains why he and his colleagues have no problems with weather failure or crop failure. It does not matter if the year is perfect or extreme. "With the variety of fruits we grow, there is always enough to sell in our farm, markets and even exploit ourselves. At the same time, this variety has a beneficial effect on the variety of insects, because there is always something that blooms here."

To the concept of conventional working farmers, the orientation of prices on the world market, deliveries to customers do not correspond to the concept Organic farm comparable, admits Jörg Altmann.

But the concept of the world market, he notes, should also be deliberated in general. "The cheapest prices on the one hand and the mass destruction of food on the other." It does not work anymore. Not to talk about nature and animals at this time.

Annett Meinke