Of bees, flowers and organic gardeners

Of bees, flowers and organic gardeners

Fortunately, there is no reason to panic. The death of the bee, as dramatic as it is sometimes conjured up, does not exist. This is confirmed by the representatives of the bee-infowabe (biwa) in the erba park, as well as the farmers’ association. But one should not rest on this finding. For this reason, lisa badum (grune), who has been a member of the bundestag for the electoral district of bamberg-forchheim since 2017, not only took on a bee sponsorship, but also visited the organic market garden sebastian niedermaier to find out where there is still a need for improvement in the protection of bees and sustainable coexistence.

"Every insect contributes something to our coexistence", says badum, which is why she feels honored to be the sponsor of one of the bee colonies set up at the information honeycomb in erba park. Because the sponsorship continues to sharpen their awareness, says badum, with which they can continue to make politics in berlin: "we hang the topic insanely high." This should have arrived at least since katrin goring-eckart’s often ridiculed statement that all bees, butterflies and birds should know that the greens will stand up for them.

Goal: to impart knowledge

Outreach to bees and insects begins with clarification. So badum did not accept her sponsorship alone. They were accompanied by harald ebner, spokesman for genetic engineering and bio-ecology of the green party, who gave a lecture on the subject. But the greens were not concerned with instruction. In the morning, they listened with interest to the presentations by ilona munique and reinhold burger from the infowabe, who reported on the situation of bees in bamberg.

The two presented the honeycomb and the bee park that have been created on the land of the state horticultural show since 2014. Your initiative is about imparting important knowledge in respecting and integrating bees into our everyday life. This starts with elementary school classes and does not end with seminars at the university, but is open to all walkers and interested people.

This openness is important to ilona munique. She says they are not hardliners and therefore do not want to panic. "We don’t have the experience of a farmer yet", she says, which is why it’s all the more important to enter into a dialogue. An attitude also shared by dieter heberlein, press spokesman for the farmers’ association in bamberg: "we want to improve cooperation even further." In addition, information events are planned for the fall to further expand the knowledge base in this area.

"The dose makes the difference"

For heberlein does not see a major problem in traditional agriculture. "It’s the dose that makes the difference, he says, stressing that the pesticides used must undergo numerous scientific tests before they can be used by farmers. In addition, the development of a possible bee mortality must be considered in the long term, and for this the governmental investigations are lacking at the moment. Therefore, he also sees no reason to panic, but still says that it is necessary to prevent the loss of bees – which the farmers were already doing anyway, since many are also beekeepers.

The question of how exactly this is to happen remains debatable. After all, these are very complicated issues that need to be linked together without not only harming no one, but benefiting everyone. For harald ebner, this is only possible if the entire system is tackled: "without a clear change of course in agricultural policy, we will not be able to stop this fatal development. We call for a ban on bee-killing pesticides and a redirection of agricultural funds in favor of bee-friendly cultivation."

Close to home and open to the world

How this can work, sebastian niedermaier told the two green bio partners about it. For more than ten generations, the niedermaier family has been running its nursery in bamberg. Sebastian niedermaier took over the farm after working in switzerland and america and turned it into a pure organic nursery. For badum he is a successful example of the necessary change. "He unites franken and the whole world." And that’s what the greens want to be, too: close to home and open to the world.

Sebastian niedermaier also keeps an eye on the bees in his work and knows that the fallow gardens in his neighborhood could be used to provide the bees with their much-needed flowers. For a gross problem, says also eberlein of the farmers’ association, is the sealing of soil, the orderly and perfect garden, which no longer provides any bee with hedges and flowers, and thus the necessary pollen.

"You have to talk to the people calmly", says niedermaier, who has a clear stance but doesn’t want to impose it on anyone. Because he knows how a change takes hold in the long term: "you can’t put the idea of organic on someone, it has to come from within you." And the beginning of every thought is information and discussion. At least on that everyone agrees.

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