The claim had an SPD <! –-> asked. "The topic is very important," said Holger Lagemann, a Social Democrat citizen. The German government for environment and nature has released a list of "pesticide-free municipalities". The region is a "relatively white hole." Only Ibbenbüren and Lotte so far. "So you can see it works."
The Westerkappeln community does not have to do much to become a "pesticide-free community." According to the SPD requirement, chemical-synthetic pesticides should no longer be used in a timely manner in all communal areas. That is almost the case, as the administration explained. No weed removal agents will be used in the area of schools and wastewater treatment plants, as well as in the outdoor pool. Construction yard staff or contractors engaged in this job also used 99 percent of the mechanical or firefighting equipment on other surfaces.
Only in the fight against giant grass and other poisonous plants are pesticides still used – and only in individual cases, explained Environment Commissioner Friedhelm Wilbrand. Such exceptions are also allowed in a "pesticide-free municipality". To exclude them completely is unrealistic, because no one knows if they can fight differently with invasive species – introduced to plants from distant countries – in a few years.
The SPD's request to impose a ban on pesticides in utility lease agreements is slated for more discussion in committee. In the case of lawns – the municipality has given over ten acres to eleven tenants – this is already true.
There are also five leases of agricultural land. It is not a ban on pesticides and in the opinion of management it should not. Because this land and soil serves the community as a reserve or interchange area for construction and planning projects. "The ban on pesticides makes the field worthless as an area of exchange," said Mayor Annette Große-Heitmeyer (CDU).->) to consider.
Farmers could not do without the use of pesticides, stressed Birgit Leyschulte <! –->, a farmer and educated citizen of CDU, in this context. Farmers do a lot in the field of environmental protection, using where possible technical options. But without weed killers, "field hygiene," as Leyschulte put it, does not exist. Farmers looked closely at if and where Beikräuter should fight. Most companies would get an order with plant protection. "Farmers spray as little as possible," said CDU councilor Horst Wieligmann, who is also a farmer. Also Große-Heitmeyer.
"Our job is to make sure our children grow up properly," said Andreas Weiss (SPD) and also included the issue of groundwater pollution with nitrates in the discussion. "We at Westerkappel are ahead of us."
According to Birgit Leyschulte, the debate was going in the wrong direction. "We are not here in Cloppenburg." She called on committee members to find out about farmers' work on farms. Wieligmann warned that it does not give farmers exclusive responsibility for high nitrate levels. "The highest we have is not in the field, but in the forest."
In Martin-Laumann-Stening (Alliance 90 / Green), the SPD, in his request, "opened the door." Still, he showed an understanding for agriculture that uses weed killers for economic reasons. "We need to support farmers, for example, in regional marketing," Laumann-Stening demanded.
Finally, a basic ban on pesticides in the new lease of municipal land was agreed, but so was he. In addition, the SPD request plans to inform the public in the context of public relations about pesticide waivers in gardens and biodiversity. Wieligmann also believes this is urgently needed. "What is sprayed on private land is incredible."