The dramatic decline of insects and birds, the pollution of groundwater and two very hot and dry summers clearly show that changes are underway to which politicians, but also civil society, must find answers. Agriculture has been particularly hard hit by these changes, and at the same time it is one of the causers and co-shapers of these changes.
In Elsfleth in Lower Saxony and in Frankfurt am Main, the nature conservation organisation Naturefund spoke with interested parties from various sectors about new ways in agriculture that can counteract climate change, strengthen animal welfare and provide more transparency. What must tomorrow's agriculture look like in order to enable farming families, citizens and the diversity of animals and plants to live a good and healthy life?
On the one hand, we would like to inform you about the effects of the agricultural reform and the possibilities of influencing these processes. On the other hand, we want to include your thoughts and approaches that are important for farmers and the region.
In the form of a world café, we would like to work with you on individual topics and collect ideas that contribute to better EU agricultural reform. How could and how must the agriculture of tomorrow look like, so that the farming families have a good income and at the same time the fundamentals of life and our homeland are preserved? What must change in national and also European agricultural policy so that we have a future with healthy food, intact soil, species-rich landscapes and stable ecosystems?
Proposals are then formulated which are forwarded directly to the relevant commissions. Together we show that we want to exert influence and that we do not want to let anything be decided over our heads. It is a sign of living democracy: we think for ourselves, we act for ourselves and we want to have a say in the laws that affect us.
EU agricultural reform affects not only the way we do business but also the direct income of farmers and at the same time creates an excessive bureaucracy that often creates more work than it benefits. Furthermore, EU agricultural policy determines what our environment will look like in the coming decades. So the reform concerns each and every one of us. We all want an intact environment, diversity of animals and plants as well as healthy, high-quality food.
In Elsfleth (22.11.2019), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Otterpohl from the Technical University of Hamburg, as well as Ottmar Ilchmann from the Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft (Working Group for Rural Agriculture) were present as experts and speakers. In Frankfurt (30.11.2019) Dr. Andrea Beste and Sebastian Strumann were invited as guest speakers and experts.
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