Vote to save the bees in Bavaria - Referendum ends 13th February 2019

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There is currently a referendum being conducted to save the bees in Bavaria.

 

It's not just about bees, but about biodiversity in general.

 

Flowers, insects, and birds are dying off in massive numbers and the aim is to change farming practices to stop this.

 

One change that is being demanded is that the percentage of land farmed organically should increase from the current 10% to 30%. A second is that more bee-friendly practices should be used, including mowing of grasses later in the year, and wider margins to be left on streams - which are natural bee habitats.

 

All political parties are in favour, except for the governing CSU who claim farmers will suffer financially.

 

If you hold German citizenship you have until Wednesday 13th February 2019 to vote.
 

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10% of the voting population are required to sign in order for the referendum to be successful and progress to the next stage.

 

There is a voting station in the town hall on Marienplatz, and six other stations dotted around Munich, see list below.

 

Further info:

 

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22 hours ago, Editor Bob said:

All political parties are in favour, except for the governing CSU who claim farmers will suffer financially.

 

Isn´t that a valid concern?

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Yes.

 

My own opinion is that farmers might well take a hit in the short term. However, if they're allowed to continue then we all take a massive hit in the long term. Farmers are basically taking a loan out of our collective tomorrow in order to increase their own profits today. So on balance I think it's good to keep up the pressure on them. And of course, nobody wants to put the farmers out of business. Solutions will be found, but they have to be environmentally-conscious solutions.

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