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Ecological farming ensures healthy farming
and healthy food for today and tomorrow

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 Herren

Hans 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).
Hans Herren

Hans Herren

Scientist from Zurich, Switzerland

Watch the interview with Claudia Daniel

Claudia 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.
Dr. Claudia Daniel

Dr. Claudia Daniel

Scientist from Frick, Switzerland

Ecological farming in France

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Yvonne 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.

Eric Escoffier

Eric Escoffier

Farming Advisor

Yvonne Page

Yvonne Page

Permaculture Practitioner

Steve Page

Steve Page

Permaculture Practitioner

Watch the interview with Marc Dufumier

Marc 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.
Em. Prof. Marc Dufumier

Em. Prof. Marc Dufumier

Scientist, rural development

Watch the interview with Astrid & Olivier Bonnafont

Astrid 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 Guerrero

Charo 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 Calderon

Alberto 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.
Alberto Calderon

Alberto Calderon

Agrarian technician

Pesticide reduction in Italy

Watch the interview with Lorenzo Furlan

Lorenzo Furlan is an agricultural researcher focusing on pesticide reduction in European corn cultivation. He aims to develop cultivation methods that enable farmers to maintain their income while reducing their impact on the environment. He focuses on a reduction of the pesticide usage and maintenance or even improve soil fertility.

Insights from Greece

Watch the interview with Dr. Fani Hatjina

Fani 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.
Dr. Fani Hatjina

Dr. Fani Hatjina

Bee scientist

Watch the interview with Giannis Melos

Giannis 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 Obszanski

Tomasz 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.

Tomasz Obszański

Tomasz Obszański

Farmer, founder of producers cooparative

Watch the interview with Stanisław Flaga

Stanisław 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.
Dr. inz. Stanisław Flaga

Dr. inz. Stanisław Flaga

Scientist, bee breeder

Watch the interview with Piotr Medrzycki

Piotr 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 Kempen

Merijn 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.
Merijn M Bos, Ph.D.

Merijn M Bos, Ph.D.

Scientist, farming advisor

Watch the interviews with Jim Grootscholte & Henri Oosthoek

Jim 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.
Jim Grootscholte

Jim Grootscholte

Farmer, greenhouse

Henri Oosthoek

Henri Oosthoek

Production company

Watch the interviews with Hans van Hagen & Geertje van der Krogt

Van 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 Bonin

Gyso 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 Ehlers

Prof. 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.
Prof. Dr. Rudolf-Udo Ehlers

Prof. Dr. Rudolf-Udo Ehlers

Production company

How Austria did it

Watch the interview with Erich Stekovics

Erich Stekovics agricultural holding is based on the diversity of species. He concentrates on the cultivation of tomatoes and cultivates old breeds. Every year some 1000 different varieties of tomatoes flourish in his fields.

Watch the interview with Martin Filipp

Martin Filipp leads an organic fruit-growing holding with apple cultivation in Bogenneusiedl, Niederösterreich, Austria. He is also lecturer at the University for Soil Culture in Vienna.

What happens in Hungary

Watch the interview with Dr. Peter Roszík

Peter 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 Hayes

Matthew 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 Toncea

Ion 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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