Switzerland has experienced a fierce spring. The climate strike, the women's strike and the EU framework agreement triggered many fierce discussions on the local and political sides of the country.
Now, in the week of the beginning of the summer calendar, another topic has entered the political arena, which has the potential to stimulate as much emotion in the coming months. It is about pesticides and their use in local agriculture.
First, 10 to 10 reported that carcinogenic pesticides were found in drinking water. Shortly after a few hours of discussion, the National Council also rejected drinking water and the initiative for pesticides.
On Friday night was held an arena entitled "Poison on Our Plates?"
What harmful effects pesticides can have, are illustrated at the very beginning of Roland Kurta's fishermen's exhibition. "It's a disaster what's happening here and it's often diminished," he murmured. Twenty years ago, when he turned stone into the stream, he was full of microorganisms. "If I do it today, then nothing remains."
That was catastrophic, because small animals are a sign of going to Swiss rivers and rivers, Kurt said. "And they do not feel good, they're sick." The fish had too little food, and the food they had taken was already contaminated with pesticides, Kurt warned. "Since the year 2000, we have seen a drop in the third of fish in our streams and rivers, which is alarming.
Kurt demanded that Markus Ritter, president of the farmers' association, immediately stop using pesticides. He replied that Swiss farmers used only those funds approved by the federal government and immediately postponed the responsibility. "Sixty percent of water pollution comes from households and industry," says Ritter.
While agriculture has recognized problems and taken measures, everyone else should do nothing, angry with the supreme peasants in the country.
The fact that synthetic pesticides must be treated with great care and that there is a need for action, the politicians present agreed upon the demise of the fishermen's introductory speech. However, what steps should be taken, the spirits differed.
While Ritter sees agriculture on the right track, Green National Councilor Maya Graf requires stricter rules. "We have had a problem for years, Mr Ritter, and we can not do it," said Graf, fearing that most of the National Council this week does not see the need for action and is not ready for the counter-argument. "It's such a pity, we could together achieve sustainable agriculture and food industry in Switzerland."
Marcel Dettling, who as Graf runs the farm and throws grain on his fields in front of the arena, is afraid of a large ban on pesticides. The National Council of the SVP believes that food safety is compromised. "If you are no longer allowed to use all pesticides in Switzerland, count on the decay of crops by up to 40 percent," says Dettling. In some areas, even complete failure would threaten.
Drinking water and the pesticide initiative, which would make pesticide use very difficult or too high, are ultimately import-oriented initiatives, Schwyzer said. "We reduce production in Switzerland and we buy abroad. I will not go there!"
This is a scenario of fear, Tiana Angelina Moser has returned, you just need to produce it differently. In fact, that was the wrong discussion anyway, the well-founded Green Liberals continued. "If I tell you, Mr. Dettlin, that previous production destroys our drinking water and our ecosystem, then you will not be able to produce at home at some point."
Moser has criticized what is currently happening with federal government Dirketzahlungen to farmers. "I'm not ready to invest money in agriculture on the one hand," said Moser, "and then invest more money on the other hand to rebuild everything we've destroyed." With taxpayers, an artificially living system that would harm nature and people. "It can not be done, it is absurd!"
Ritter, who has invested a lot of effort, has come to an explanation after these voices from the eco-corner. His situation also did not improve when he joined Franzis Herren, the initiator of the Drinking Water Initiative.
Men have calculated that 50 to 70 percent of imported meat will be imported into Swiss meat production. That is not true, the president of the farmers' association replied, "90 percent of the food comes from Switzerland."
This has caused the shaking of the heads of people again. If you look at weight, only ten percent of the food comes from overseas, gentlemen. But it's about nutritional value, not about weight. "Whether you eat a soy saucepan or a plate of salad has a very different effect," she explained conclusively, leaving the CVP National Council reasonably helpless.
Even worse, that was actually Olivier Feller, who was handed over by his liberal councilor Moser. The FDP National Council expresses hope for self-regulation of the market. If all the left voters were to buy organic products only, the number of organic farmers would also be increased, Feller said.
Moser could not get this strategy. Today the limit values would be systematically exceeded, while deaths of insects and birds would occur, would oppose the liberal liberals. "We can not leave the environment and people in the market. There are limits!"
Unfortunately, Kurt Fisherman did not speak during the program. However, one or another viewer of the arena may remember his warning in the coming summer months and turn the stone into the Badi River with an uncomfortable feeling.