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& # 39; Save bees & farmers & # 39 ;: Bee protection and pesticide removal initiative launched

Farmers are encouraged to switch to green agriculture, and synthetic pesticides such as glyphosate will be phased out by 2035.

07:19, 25 November 2019

& # 39; Save bees & farmers & # 39 ;: Bee protection and pesticide removal initiative launched 2
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It's Monday European Citizens' Initiative (EBI) "Save Bees and Farmers", created to protect bees and ecosystems. Farmers and peasants should aided by the transition to green agriculture and that synthetic pesticides such as glyphosate will be phased out by 2035 The non-governmental organization Global 2000 reported on Monday.

If it works, collect one million signatures from at least seven EU countries by September 2020 at the latest, The European Commission must address the problems of the initiative and then decide whether they were legally claiming the laws. carriers will be an initiative so far from more than 90 organizations from 17 EU countriesincluding beekeeping and agricultural associations, as well as health and environmental organizations. in Austria they have side by side Global 2000 and the second Austrian Association of Mountaineers and Small Animals, Bee Austria, Austrian acquisition of Simbair and the Healthy Physicians (AEGU) he joined the initiative.

"Only sustainable pesticide-free agriculture can secure the food supply of current and future generations and respond to the growing challenges of the climate and biodiversity crisis," says Helmut Burtscher-Schaden, Global 2000 chemist and co-founder of the initiative. he Hope in the future and in the management effects For example, regarding the US and Brazil: "Someone has to start, the EU is a big economic area that can make a difference," he said in an interview with APA.

System change required

emergency system change already called World Food Organization (FAO), World Biodiversity Council (IPBES) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)) stop global biodiversity collapse, emphasized Global 2000. A quarter of Europe's wildlife is under serious threat, half of the world's population ecosystems find yourself in one critical state and the The basics of human nutrition are at risk, the NGO warned.

In particular, "Save Bees and Farmers" calls for Reduce pesticide use by 80 percent by 2030 – starting with the most dangerous substances – hm by 2035 without synthetic pesticides be. further Restoration of biodiversity through Restoration of natural ecosystems as well as the support of peasants during the transition: Small, diverse and sustainable agricultural structures and agro-ecological farming methods should be encouraged and explored cultivation without pesticides and GMOs be driven forward.

Four million small farms have disappeared

Millions of farmers currently owe it unfair competition and lack of political support pushed the market, criticized Global 2000. In the EU between 2005 and 2016, four million smaller farms disappeared, a development that is also noticeable in Austria, with seven companies closing daily.

"The EBI is coming at the right time," said Christian Boigenzahn, CEO of Biene Austria. Work is already underway on the upcoming Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by 2027. To achieve the goals of the citizens' initiative, a reformed and well-funded CAP is needed. "There is already protection for pollinators in Austria in the future Austrian agri-environment program (ÖPUL) Ministry of Agriculture positive signals"says Boigenzahn.

The bee is vital

Only in the EU 84 percent of plant species and 78 percent of wildlife at least partly from pollination, Up to € 15 billion in annual EU agricultural production is directly attributable to pollinators. "We can overcome the current crisis with a rapid and targeted change in our energy and food systems, as well as our consumption behavior," said Burtscher's optimistic damage. The EU Citizens' Initiative should now initiate this much-needed change.