Thursday, August 11, 2022

Greens: Killian Bauman criticizes SVP’s hot-weather celebration

National Councilor Killian Bauman (Greens) watched the scorching heat with concern. In an interview, organic farmers explain how agriculture needs to change.

in short needed

  • Dry and hot weather also affects Swiss agriculture.
  • Kilian Baumann sees great challenges on the horizon for Swiss farmers.
  • Green National Counselor and Organic Farmer SVP criticizes the short-term thinking of farmers.

It has been hot and dry in Switzerland for weeks. This worries many, but the bourgeois farmers are rejoicing in Parliament. SVP National Counselor Marcel Detling says the yields are “excellent.” Farmers Union president Markus Ritter (center) agrees.

Greens national counselor and organic farmer Kilian Bauman at Suberg BE sees the current season with different eyes. Climate change will become a problem. So farmers should adopt it now. In an interview, he explains how it can work.

Nine.CH: Mr. Bowman, as an organic farmer, how do you deal with heat and drought?

Killian Bauman: If it rains hard, I will have to irrigate some crops. We personally are not badly affected by the current weather conditions. But it also has to do with the fact that years ago I prepared myself for the fact that extreme weather conditions would increase significantly.

Nine.CH: What specifically did you do?

Killian Bauman: You have to take care of summers with very little food as it is very dry. So it should have sufficient reserves. And we grow plants that are known from more southern countries. We have been using Lucerne in feed production for some time now. It is a clover that is very drought tolerant and is popular in Spain or France.

Nine.CH: So it’s not all that bad if farmers adapt to climate change?

Killian Bauman: Agriculture has long been adapting, at least to many smart farmers. We are seriously affected by climate change, but we also have the support of the population or taxpayers in the form of billions in support.

Nine.CH: As a leftist, do you think subsidies are good?

Killian Bauman: In the federal parliament, we Greens are fighting for a social and ecological agriculture policy. Unfortunately, farmers’ unions often only support short-term economic interests. Rather, it represents the concerns of the agricultural industry, not necessarily the farmers. But of course we partially agree when it comes to helping farmers in a targeted manner. It is unfortunately the case today that many subsidies with water can favor climate-damaging production. Consumers buy it, but it’s not sustainable.

Nine.CH: Are you concerned about the products produced on your farm?

Killian Bauman: This will be a huge challenge – and not just because of the heat and drought. There was a lot of hail this year and last year. Everything can break in ten minutes. Such events will increase, so farmers now want government subsidized insurance.

Nine.CH: SVP farmers are happy with the nice, warm weather in Parliament. Can you give them their good yield?

Worried about heat and drought?

Killian Bauman: Of course! But this happiness is short lived. It is getting hotter and hotter, which can be positive for individual cultures as well. But you yourself know that the climate crisis is highly problematic. So they mainly want cheaper premiums for crop insurance in the next agricultural reform, as future extreme weather will cause far more damage. The public should then finance it. At the same time, the bourgeois peasantry has almost never helped the adoption of climate protection measures. Long-term thinking sometimes completely disappears here.

More on the topic:

Insurance Marcus Ritter Farmers Union Subsidies Climate Change National Council Parliament Farmers Greens SVP Weather


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