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BioBoden Cooperative looks for shareholders
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The cost of leasing and buying land is rising hugely in many countries. All over the world, agricultural corporations, investors and whole states are buying up land. Agricultural land is also being lost to the subsidised growing of energy plants.
The aim of the German initiative BioBoden-Genossenschaft is to ensure that organic farmers are not on their own when tackling the problem of expanding their productive land area. The cooperative has been buying arable land and farms since 2015 and making them available exclusively to organic farmers. According to Managing Director Uwe Greff, around 2,500 members are now promoting organic farming with capital of over 13 million euros. In this way, they have secured more than 2,000 hectares for over 20 organic farms in Germany. Initiators of the cooperative were the GLS Bank and GLS Treuhand, and the Demeter farmer association is involved in an advisory capacity.
“Protecting fertile soils and accessing land for organic cultivation mean that we need a better framework of conditions. What we urgently want are the abolition of damaging subsidies, a European framework for the protection of soils and democratically devised concepts for land distribution,” is what Demeter's Antje Kölling demands of politicians.
“How we deal with land determines what kind of agriculture and what food we get. Current development is biased in favour of promoting industrial agriculture and large-scale farms.” She maintains that a good solution is to embed farms in a social environment through farmers associations or cooperative alliances and to continue developing the common good character of agriculture. Approximately 10% of the good 1,450 biodynamic farms in Germany are already practising mutually supportive models of this kind. “Creative forms of participation have the potential to unite agriculture and society in the common objective of sustainability. If citizens invest in organic production on farms and in market gardening and if they show themselves to be receptive, it boosts transparency and regionality.”