18.05.2020. For World Bee Day on May 20th the Biodynamic Federation – Demeter International calls for immediate action to enhance biodiversity worldwide by fostering a drastic change of the current agricultural practices.
The World Bee Day reminds us of the crucial role bees and other pollinators play in agricultural production and in the preservation of ecosystems. A third of the world´s food production depends alone on bees and the number of crops relying on pollinators is growing steadily. Therefore, the significant decline of bees and pollinators worldwide, together with the collapse of biodiversity, is a considerable threat not only for agricultural production but also for nature and humankind.
Today´s intensive agriculture is one of the main causes of the world decline in biodiversity. Essentially the massive use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers has proven to be a major driver for the biodiversity collapse. “This is why a drastic change of the current agricultural practices should be promoted worldwide. We need to create stable and diverse agricultural ecosystems that enhance biodiversity”, says Christoph Simpfendörfer, General Secretary of the Biodynamic Federation – Demeter International. And to prevent further loss of habitats and biodiversity, political actions are required, as well as a call for action worldwide, to protect biodiversity by de-intensifying our farming methods.
Especially at European level, the Common Agriculture Policy supported for decades an agriculture system that contributed to the current biodiversity decline with the promotion of intensive farming methods. In the framework of the European Green Deal, both the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies “must build up the way for ambitious agricultural policies to tackle biodiversity loss before it is too late”, emphasizes Clara Behr, Head of Policy and Public relations for Biodynamic Federation – Demeter International.
The Biodynamic Federation – Demeter International has always been committed to biodiversity. Demeter standards even stipulate that 10% of the farm area must be dedicated to biodiversity areas. But even before and beyond this, biodynamic and organic farming does much for the diversity of plants and animals in our landscape. Due to the absence of chemical pesticides and fertilizers in biodynamic farming, there are on average one third more species and twice as many individuals than on conventionally farmed land. The proportion of semi-natural areas and the establishment of hedges, field margins, wildflower strips, orchards and pastures are higher on biodynamic land and serve as a habitat and temporary refuge for many animal species.
Press contact: Clara Behr, Head of Policy and Public relations
Biodynamic Federation – Demeter international (BFDI) is the only organic association that has built up a network of individual certification for biodynamic farming worldwide. Its basis is the Biodynamic agriculture method, originated by Rudolf Steiner in his “Agriculture Course” given in Koberwitz in 1924, and developed further in practice and research. The Biodynamic Federation – Demeter International is an umbrella organisation with 46 members organisations in 37 different countries across the world.