Regionalwert AG and its partners present the project and the specialist study/conference in Freiburg.
. Regionalwert AG, together with other project partners, would like to demonstrate in a study that sustainable agriculture can also be economically profitable. The results will be presented at a specialist conference on Friday in Freiburg’s historic department store.
Agriculture is also sustainable and people are willing to pay more money for their food if farms also focus on aspects of species protection, animal welfare, regional economic cycles and good job and training prospects, in addition to production pure product: the project partners are convinced of this. Accordingly, the project partially financed by the innovation fund of the Freiburg energy service provider Badenova is called “Value creation in dialogue with society on sustainable agriculture”. In addition to Regionalwert AG, the Freiburg and Region Nutrition Council, the Freiburg organic model region and the Association of Agronauts are involved in the project, which was presented in advance at the organic nursery in Eichstetten Querbeet.
Many people wanted sustainable farming, but bought cheaper food, often unsustainably produced, in the supermarket, explained Badenova press spokesman Roland Weis. Regionalwert AG has found an approach to resolve this contradiction.
Local farmers often do a lot for society and the environment, but are not adequately paid for it. After much deliberation on how to record and assess the social and ecological aspects of farming, the result was the Regional Value Yield Calculator with ten assessment criteria, explained AG board member Christian Hiss. Often only risks and potential damages are calculated, and sustainability assets are now also valued in the calculator. Above all, it is important to ensure food safety, Hiss explained. And today, the example of the lack of seeds and fertilizers in Ukraine and Russia shows where the dangers lurk due to the excessive industrialization of agriculture. Hisss was convinced that a shift to organic farming could be successful, also through the incentive of better public support that goes beyond the watering-can principle. At this moment, the EU is giving agricultural subsidies of 114 euros per inhabitant and year, but these should be better distributed, that is, according to ecological and social criteria and not only according to area. Even if, according to current knowledge, 20 percent of yields fell as a result of such a change, this loss could be offset, Hiss said, if about a third of the food produced were not thrown away, as is common today. .
Also to be presented at the specialist conference in Freiburg is the new study financed by the Innovation Fund, which examined the extent to which the population accepted more sustainable prices and financing of agricultural work. The one-year project cost around €200,000 and is based on three pillars: knowledge transfer, evaluation survey and dialogue events. It was exciting how the participants in the so-called evaluation poker ranked the relevance of the ten specified sustainability criteria and distributed the funds accordingly, said Emilie Fus, an employee of the project.
Surprisingly, the 600 study participants, who came from all ages and social backgrounds, had a clear preference for the ecological aspects. The other social and regional criteria were also important to her, summarized Emilie Fus, but it is about agricultural financing, so ecology should have priority. In the next step, they want to find out how regional and sustainable value-added areas in agriculture could work in the long term, said Andreas Heck, also a member of the board of directors of Regionalwert AG. We want people to be more aware of these problems.