TT Ecological farming is the only solution for the global pollinators- and agriculture crisis.What we can do to protect bees & other pollinators
There is an urgent need to stop chemical-intensive industrial agriculture and to shift towards ecological farming. Ecological farming ensures healthy farming and healthy food for today and tomorrow by protecting soil, water and climate, and promotes biodiversity. It does not contaminate the environment with chemical inputs like synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers nor genetically engineered organisms.
Ecological farming is feasible and already practiced on a large geographic scale within Europe. This is the essence of a comprehensive Greenpeace-study (link) which incorporates current scientific knowledge on ecological farming and the practical experience of farmers, scientists (link) and eco-entrepreneurs (link) championing modern ecological agriculture across Europe.
See our Plan Bee – living without pesticides. Moving towards Ecological Farming.
Insights from Switzerland
Watch the interview with Hans HerrenHans Herren is an internationally recognized scientist, who holds numerous awards and serves on the boards of numerous organisations, including the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology, (IAASTD).
Watch the interview with Claudia DanielClaudia Daniel is a researcher at FIBL who is developing a strategy to control pollen beetles in oilseed rape. The project was spurred by demand from organic farmers to develop an insecticide-free means to control pollen beetles.
Ecological farming in France
Watch the interviewsYvonne and Steve Page produce fruits and vegetables using permaculture methods. Eric Escoffier is one of the authorities on permaculture in France, trainer and consultant, part of “Permaculture without borders” and “Wise hands - permaculture” NGO.
Watch the interview with Marc DufumierMarc Dufumier teaches agronomy at the 1st Agronomy University of France based in Paris and is a widely renowned as rural development worker.
He speaks on the merits of ecological farming that recognises the complex relationship between plants, animals and microorganisms, in the atmosphere, and the soil.
Watch the interview with Astrid & Olivier BonnafontAstrid and Olivier Bonnafont run an organic vineyard. As viticulturists, they also oversee the production, fermentation and maturation of the wine. They aim to achieve harmony between the grower and the natural environment and to produce a product which is close to nature, based on natural ingredients.
Practices from Spain
Watch the interview with Charo GuerreroCharo Guerrero is a Spanish cotton farmer who participates in an experimental research project to grow cotton in a way that is more respectful to the environment.
Watch the interview with Alberto CalderonAlberto Calderon is an agricultural technician who works in a program assisting Integrated Production Groups (IPG) of cotton farmers in using more sustainable farming methods. The program includes plant and soil analyses to determine the amount of additional fertilisation needed.
Pesticide reduction in Italy
Watch the interview with Lorenzo Furlan
Insights from Greece
Watch the interview with Dr. Fani HatjinaFani Hatjina is mainly conducting research on neonicotinoids and their impacts on bees and aims to test real-life situations on different crops. The programme was started because beekeepers experienced problems from impacts of pesticides used in the fields.
Watch the interview with Giannis MelosGiannis Melos is an organic farmer who cultivates, amongst other things, oranges and lemons, which are very attractive to bees. He discovered organic farming while he was looking for a solution to improve both his fi nancial situation and his cultivation methods.
How Poland did it
Watch the interview with Tomasz ObszanskiTomasz Obszan ́ski is an ecological farmer who is involved in Podkarpacka Organic Farmers Association, Organic Food Valley Cluster and in many other associations connected with ecological farming and who founded an important producer's cooperative.
Watch the interview with Stanisław FlagaStanisław Flaga is an agriculture specialist in ecological farming and publishes on alternatives for pesticides, biological control methods of pests. Furthermore he is a one of the most renowned professional solitary bee breeders in Poland working on saving endangered species.
Watch the interview with Piotr MedrzyckiPiotr Me ̨drzycki is a researcher in Bologna and involved in the APENET project. This project is a multidisciplinary monitoring and research project, mainly aimes at evaluating the bee health status, in relation to neonicotinoids and fipronil application.
What happens in the Netherlands
Watch the interview with Merijn M Bos, Ph.D. & Jan van KempenMerijn M Bos, Ph.D. is an agricultural ecologist mainly working on agrobiodiversity. He has led the project ‘Bloeiend Bedrijf’ / ‘Flourishing Farm’ since 2011. Jan van Kempen is a Dutch arable farmer who participates in the Flourishing Farm project.
Watch the interviews with Jim Grootscholte & Henri OosthoekJim Grootscholte produces on large scale sweet bell peppers in greenhouses. He is a very innovative farmer and experiments with different biocontrol techniques. Henri Oosthoek is one of the managing directors of Koppert Biological Systems, world leader in biological control and pollination for professional growers.
Watch the interviews with Hans van Hagen & Geertje van der KrogtVan Hage and Van der Krogt run the only certified organic rose nursery of the Netherlands. They grow many different rose varieties in harmony with the environment and nature and sell them throughout the world. They focus on cultivating the roses with good food and a good bed, and their slogan is even «A plant with aphids is a healthy plant»!
Experiences from Germany
Watch the interview with Gyso von BoninGyso von Bonin runs a large organic farm, cultivating 18 crops and numerous animals. He practices organic farming using a biodynamic model following the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and is currently conducting field trials with alternative pest control methods in rapeseed.
Watch the interview with Prof. Dr. Rolf-Udo EhlersProf. Rolf Udo Ehlers, a member of the International Organisation of Biological and Integrated Control (IOBC), is a renowned scientist who is deeply engaged in European research projects concerning bio-control methods.
How Austria did it
What happens in Hungary
Watch the interview with Dr. Peter RoszíkPeter Roszík is an agricultural engineer and plant protection engineer. During his almost 30 years of experience in organic farming, he has been the director of Biokontroll Hungária Ltd. for 20 years. The company verifies and certifies the work of professionals in the organic food sector. Biokontroll has more than 2,000 partners, with a controlled area of about 120,000 hectares.
Watch the interview with Matthew HayesMatthew Hayes became an organic farmer more than 30 years ago. Today, he is cultivating his own land in Zsámbok, producing vegetables, salad greens and herbs sold through a community-supported network. Hayes encourages diversity on his 3,5 hectare farm. He works with a diverse crop rotation system and resistant varieties resulting in fewer pest problems.
Experiences from Romania
Watch the interview with Ion TonceaIon Toncea is the manager of the Agro-Ecological Research Centre in Fundulea, Romania. His work in ecological agriculture started in 1994 and is aimed to establish better technologies to cultivate plants ecologically. The crops he is working with include many varieties of legumes, cereals, technical plants, and plants used as spices. Toncea is sharing his knowledge with students and in courses for professionals and subsistence farmers.
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