Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) – The state parliament is debating a controversial bee referendum this Wednesday, though initiators are initially unwilling to garner more votes. On Tuesday night, the sponsor of the referendum said it wanted to enter into a dialogue with the green and black government's bid. The government of Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) has agreed a cornerstone for his own account, which friends of bees now want to work on.
The government's bill aims at referendum goals related to content, but mitigates controversial passages – for example, on pesticides. According to Environment Minister Franz Untersteller (Greens), the bill is due in the first quarter of 2020. Agriculture Minister Peter Hauk (CDU) said that if the stone foundations were laid this way, Baden-Württemberg would be the most modern country in Germany in terms of species protection and pesticide reduction. The initiators of the referendum could have written on the flags that they gave it a considerable amount.
Under the motto "Save the Bees", conservationists have been collecting referendum signatures for three weeks now. Some of their goals: The proportion of land used for pesticides will halve in the southwest by 2025. In protected areas, they should be banned. Organic agriculture should expand to 50 percent by 2035.
The demands have been widely criticized by farmers. They fear their own information about their existence. Every tenth voter – about 770,000 people – must sign the bill into parliament for approval. However, this will not happen if the government and the referendum initiators really agree on a joint bill.