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Save bees and farmers!

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© Janinka Lutze

EuroNatur is taking part in the "Save Bees and Farmers" Citizens’ Initiative: right across Europe we are joining forces to call for a bee-friendly agriculture and a healthy environment.

At the moment, an agricultural policy which is primarily geared towards increasing yields is leading to an agriculture which is far too intensive. The massive use of chemical pesticides and artificial fertilisers is resulting in the loss of many species and is even bringing about the collapse of entire ecosystems. This loss of biodiversity is also endangering our future food supply, our health and our environment. And farmers are also being affected, with many having to give up their farms because they can no longer withstand the competitive pressure. We say: this has to change!

Together with the Initiative's partners we are calling on the EU Commission to support an agriculture that reconciles the needs of farmers with those of nature. Many of EuroNatur’s projects aim specifically at connecting people and nature and we want to work together with the Citizens' Initiative to do exactly that; we want to achieve a sustainable agriculture that contributes to the preservation of biodiversity and nature, and in doing so, to peoples’ livelihoods.

We want to see more colourful flowers, bees, butterflies, birds and other animals in our meadows and pastures again!

We are therefore calling for:

  1. A phase-out of the use of synthetic pesticides
    By 2030, the use of synthetic pesticides to be gradually reduced by 80 percent in EU agriculture. By 2035, agriculture in the entire Union to be working without synthetic pesticides.
     
  2. Measures to restore biodiversity
    Habitats to be restored and agricultural areas to become a vector of biodiversity recovery.
     
  3. Support for farmers
    Farmers must be supported in the necessary transition towards agro-ecology. Small, diverse and sustainable farms to be favoured, organic farming expanded, and research into pesticide-free and GMO-free agriculture to be supported.


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