▷ Pesticide Atlas 2022 shows: New federal government must initiate pesticide turnaround – …

12.01.2022 – 13:26


Berlin (ots)

The Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) and the Pesticide Action Network (PAN Germany) are calling on the federal government to consistently reduce the use of pesticides. Above all, particularly toxic pesticides must be banned and pesticides already banned in the EU may no longer be exported, as the organizations emphasized at today’s presentation of the “Pesticide Atlas 2022”.

The “Pesticide Atlas 2022” shows that the amount of pesticides used worldwide has increased by 80 percent since 1990. In some regions such as South America by almost 150 percent. The cultivation of genetically modified plants, such as soy as an important feed for animal husbandry, has led to a serious increase in the use of herbicides in countries with great biodiversity. In the EU, too, the use of around 350,000 tonnes is at a high level. In Germany, between 27,000 and 35,000 tons of pesticide active ingredients are sold each year. The amount fluctuates mainly due to weather conditions and due to different prices for agricultural and pesticide products.

The use of pesticides leads to persistent pollution of people, nature and the environment. For example, pesticides can be detected at air measuring points that were applied up to 1000 kilometers away. Pesticide residues can also be found in nature reserves. In particular, bodies of water in the vicinity of agricultural areas show high levels of pesticide pollution. Marine mammals on German coasts are still contaminated with pesticides that have been banned for 40 years. The use of pesticides has a fatal effect on biological diversity: conventionally farmed fields show only three percent of the floristic biodiversity that can be found on fields that have never been treated with pesticides. On organically farmed fields, the diversity is significantly higher at 53 percent.

The globally growing amount of pesticides used is leading to an increase in pesticide poisoning worldwide – especially in the Global South, where workers are often inadequately protected. Conservative calculations suggest that there are around 255 million poisoning accidents in Asia each year, just over 100 million in Africa and around 1.6 million in Europe.

Barbara Unmüßig, board member of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, says: “In Europe, too, we spray far too much: Apples alone, the Germans’ favorite fruit, are sprayed around 30 times per season, vines up to 17 times and potatoes up to 11 times. Especially in countries with great biodiversity such as In Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, the use of herbicides has increased dramatically, especially since the large-scale introduction of genetically modified, pesticide-resistant soy, which is used as cheap feed for animal fattening. This also made the central promise of agro-genetic engineering, agricultural poisons with the help of genetic engineering, clear to reduce, counteracted in a grotesque way.

We urgently need a trend reversal – European and German politicians are now responsible for this. The Federal Government has a clear mandate to act from the young population, as a representative survey in our Pesticide Atlas 2022 shows: More than

70 percent of those questioned demand a significant reduction in the use of pesticides in Germany. And almost as many want to ban the export of pesticides that are not permitted in Europe to other regions of the world. ”

Olaf Bandt, BUND chairman, explains: “The loss of biodiversity worldwide, but also in Germany, is dramatic and can only be stopped if the use of agricultural toxins is significantly reduced. To this end, we expect legislative action from the new federal government. The total amount of pesticides must be reduced by 50 percent and particularly dangerous pesticides are banned. Concrete measures must be implemented within the current legislative period to control the success of pesticide reduction. It is crucial that farms are supported to work economically with fewer pesticides. Less pesticides and more biological ones Diversity in the field should pay off for all farms.

A rethink is urgently needed, because the high use of pesticides harms biodiversity. It contributes to the loss of numerous beneficial insects, without which even more pesticides are necessary. The associated decline in certain wild plant species leads to the loss of habitat and food for specialized insects. In addition, the use of highly effective neonicotinoids in small quantities leads to the death of wild bees. ”

Doris Günther, board member of PAN Germany, says: “The massive use of pesticides around the world is poisoning people and nature. 385 million annual pesticide poisoning worldwide is a scandal. Pesticide companies have long identified the Global South as a new growth market for their products. German companies also export highly dangerous pesticides to Africa, Asia and Latin America, which we have banned in order to protect the population and the environment. German and European politics must end this intolerable situation and consistently prohibit the export of banned pesticides by law. That the new federal government has committed itself to act accordingly in its coalition agreement gives reason to hope. ”

In any case, German politics has approval for consistent action from the younger generations: The representative survey conducted by the University of Göttingen and Zühlsdorf & Partner for the Pesticide Atlas 2022 among the 16 to 29 year olds shows that the federal government supports the young population has a clear mandate to act. More than 70 percent of those questioned demand a significant reduction in the use of pesticides in Germany. You support the decision of the EU to halve the use of pesticides by 2030. More than 60 percent of those surveyed are even to ban the use of pesticides altogether by 2035, if farmers are supported in switching to environmentally friendly agriculture. Almost 80 percent of those questioned are in favor of more financial support for farmers when fewer pesticides are used.

Further information: The Pesticide Atlas 2022 is under www.boell.de/pestizidatlas or. www.bund.net/pestizidatlas and www.pan-germany.org/pestizidatlas ready for download.

On over 50 pages and in over 80 graphics, the atlas offers numerous data and facts on poisons in agriculture in Germany and around the world. The atlas can also be ordered by class from the Heinrich Böll Foundation for teaching purposes.

Press contacts:

Heinrich Böll Foundation: Michael Alvarez, Press Spokesman Heinrich Böll Foundation, Tel .: 030-28534-202, Mobile 0160-365 77 22, E-Mail: [email protected], www.boell.de

BUND: Sigrid Wolff | Daniel Jahn, BUND press office
Tel. 030-27586-425 | -497 | -531 E-Mail: [email protected], www.bund.net
Katrin Wenz, BUND expert for agricultural policy, mobile 0176 47684162, email: [email protected]

PAN Germany: Birgit Wulff, PAN Public Relations, Tel .: 040-3991910-0, [email protected], www.pan-germany.org;
Susan Haffmans, pesticide consultant, Tel: 049157 315 ​​640 17, [email protected]

Original content by: BUND, transmitted by news aktuell


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