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Baden-Württemberg legislates to promote organic gardening

A ban on gravel gardens and other pro-organic farming laws are set to be adopted by the state parliament

  • July 31, 2020 11:30
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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Gardening and the expansion of small private greenspaces have been increasingly under the limelight for European authorities – as has been their environmental impact and the harm caused by using different pesticides for their care. Earlier last week, regional authorities in the German State of Baden-Württemberg put forward a large package of measures that aims to clear up some legal confusions and to promote organic gardening across the state.

Promoting organic growth without damaging the environment

The overall package of legal changes is meant not only to make organic gardening more attractive but to also eliminate some environmentally damaging practices. One of the main targets of the new law is gravel gardens, which have widely been adopted by citizens of the region due to the fact that they are extremely easy to care for – yet they also pose a threat to the nature that surrounds them.

Gravel gardens have theoretically been prohibited for years in Baden-Württemberg yet not many people are aware of the laws around them. The new changes are meant to make the ban explicit and to force people into making changes to their gardening styles. Regional authorities hope that citizens will cooperate and are relying on their good conscious when it comes to making changes.

The Baden-Württemberg government expects for the new law to lead to a decrease in the use of pesticides by some 40 or even 50% by the end of 2030. Meanwhile, the share of organic gardening and farming in the region is expected to increase by 30 to 40% over the same period thanks to the suggested changes.

Restrictions on the use of pesticides will not be confined only to gardening, however, but will also extend to agriculture, forestry and to the facilities of different transport companies.



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