Big differences in the traffic light coalition regarding the use of pesticides

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When it comes to the use of pesticides in agriculture, there are major differences in the traffic light coalition: Gero Hocker, the spokesman for agricultural policy for the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag, said on Tuesday that chemical pesticides should continue to be used in the future where they are required.

Berlin – “With constant threats of technically dubious tightening of regulatory law and production restrictions”, the coalition is not doing justice to its goal of more sustainability and at the same time maintaining the competitiveness of agriculture.

Hocker reacted to statements by Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (Greens) who want to significantly reduce the use of pesticides. The government wants to achieve the goal together with the farmers, she recently told the editorial network Germany. This requires financial incentives for farmers and “changes in regulatory law”.

“It is good that Environment Minister Lemke emphasizes that she wants to take farmers with her on the way to more sustainability,” said the spokesman for agricultural policy for the FDP parliamentary group. However, no farmer is interested in using pesticides unnecessarily, stressed Hocker. “They secure global harvests and fight hunger.”

He called on the Greens to see innovations such as new breeding technologies and digital applications more as an opportunity. The Environment Minister will have to be judged on whether she wants to risk an “actual political departure”. “This must also include the Green coalition partner rethinking its negative attitude towards such technologies. Anyone who actually wants to reduce the use of pesticides in the long term cannot avoid this.”


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