Both agreed that the conservation of biodiversity is crucial for the conservation of biodiversity or biodiversity. But, said BLHV President Werner Räpple: "The referendum is counter-productive and misses the target." Farmers are basically also set "by the bee", but biodiversity starts with "diversity in agriculture and the landscape". In addition, "organic farming needs a proper market." However, this is not yet available in Germany: "Only five percent of customers buy organic products," Räpple said.
The BLHV president also spoke out against – in part – the ban on plant protection products in nature reserves, such as Kaiserstuhl, where he himself works as a grower and fruit grower: "It will make no sense and jeopardize regional supply."
Against a rural estate
Jochen Goedecke recalled "the life of insects, birds and farms": Although there were more than 146,000 farms in Baden-Württemberg in 1980, there were another 40,600 in 2017 according to Statistisches Landesamt – a downward trend. "We need to give the future to farmers," a Nabu representative said. But agriculture is also possible without chemical-synthetic pesticides: "An increasing number of organic farms are proving this," said Goedecke of the gift. Also, retail trade, which is increasingly relying on organic production, and countries such as Russia, where organic agriculture is strongly promoted by the state. I would understand that. "But farmers are still scared of us," Goedecke said, which caused discontent in the audience, where some farmers sat.
Goedecke, on the other hand, earned a spontaneous round of applause for his demand: "We need to highlight the guidelines for organic farming." Goedecke and Räpple agreed that even consumers can consciously opt for often more expensive organic products. But there is still much to be compensated for, as Goedecke explained by way of example: "We have often tried to get regional producers into school meals." But that was sometimes difficult.
Goedecke also stated that the "Pro Bee" referendum does not foresee the complete abandonment of synthetic chemical pesticides. But: "These funds should be used as an emergency pharmacy." This is in line with the European Union (EU), which sees chemical synthetic pesticides as a means of choice only when all other options have failed.
The audience she is talking to
Räpple said farmers would prefer pesticide-free because they are also expensive. "But we have a problem with that when we say we should use 40 percent less chemical-synthetic pesticides, and science can't tell us what it is right now."
In the closing part of the evening, the debate was opened to the public. Ötlinger winemaker Dieter Rösch referred to pests such as fruit vinegar flies, which could be introduced by imported products without chemical-synthetic pesticides, cannot be approached: “What is the use of dead bee trees?” Dieter Rösch mentioned the comparison mentioned above with "To the emergency pharmacy. ". One listener pleaded for the big picture: "Anyone can do something for biodiversity." But a pile of compost, which was once mandatory in many villages in the garden, was nowhere to be found.
Moderator Tonio Paßlick summarized: "We cannot exhaustively treat such a topic in 90 minutes, but we want to help form an opinion." It was intended that hearing sometimes added more concern than persuasion.
The "Pro Bee" referendum is set in town halls. That runs until mid-December, when the country tabled the bill. If 770,000 signatures are gathered by mid-March, the request will be submitted to Landtag. The next date for the "About the Pulse of Time" discussion series and topic has not yet been determined.