Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) – Given the growing criticism of the contents of the "Save the Bees" referendum, the state government is working hard on a possible alternative proposal. Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) has already promised this on Tuesday. A government spokesman said on Friday that the Ministry of Rural Affairs and the Ministry of the Environment are in talks to formulate a joint position by the green-black government. Thereafter, further procedure must be advised. Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Thomas Strobl accused the referendum initiators of dividing the society.
"The Schwäbische Zeitung" said Strobl: "The referendum is a poison for cohesion in this society, because it played legitimate interests against each other: protecting nature from agriculture, protecting the environment from protecting the landscape, protecting species from hunting." The referendum could have meant that the bee and agriculture would fight fiercely. "But the opposite is right: species protection and agriculture need each other. We also need bees and farmers."
The Pro Biene Association launched the referendum and is supported by, among others, the Nabu and BUND nature conservation associations. If at least one in ten voters sign – or 770,000 – in the next few months, then the bill will be submitted to the state legislature for a vote. If MPs reject the draft, a referendum will be held. The state parliament could object to the demands of the nature protector and his own design. Prime Minister Kretschmann on Tuesday urgently warned of the aftermath of the referendum in Baden-Württemberg. He specifically addressed the required ban on pesticides in landscape protected areas.
Naboo chief Johannes Enssle said Strobl is right in saying that you have to save both peasants and bees. Unfortunately, the state government, but so far both have failed. "Insect stocks are like snow in the sun, and the farm existed long before the referendum." Both are the result of failed agricultural policies in the EU, the federal government and Baden-Württemberg. "If Minister Strobl now announces an urgently needed turnaround in agriculture and the state government wants to put an alternative referendum proposal on the table, then we are very excited," Enssle said.
Agricultural associations have repeatedly criticized the demands of the referendum. According to the request, the share of land on which pesticides are used should be halved by 2025. In protected areas, they should be banned. In addition, organic agriculture is expected to expand to 50 percent by 2035.
Green MP Andreas Schwarz has criticized Strobl's statement as "inappropriate." Democracy lives on from the people involved in it. "In the nature of things, there are different views on almost every topic, and the essence of a functioning democracy is to work together to find the best solution and reach a good solution." A roundtable, for example, is a way to make the ban on pesticides in protected areas more practical.