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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Viktoria Hantsch (2009): Die Bedeutung des Pestizidreduktionsprogrammes der Umweltschutzorganisation Global 2000.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Landschaftsplanung (ILAP), BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 128. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
In 2002 high pesticide residues on green, red and yellow peppers (Capsicum annuum) in the supermarkets caused the initiation of an programm by the Austrian environmental group GLOBAL 2000 and REWE Group for reducing pesticide residues on fresh fruit and vegetables (PRP) and the founding of the Austrian agency for health and food safety (AGES). Part A explains how PRP works: weekly testing of fruit and vegetables in the storage room and exclusion of those products from bargain that exceed the established limits for pesticide residues. Moreover, GLOBAL 2000 suggests new agricultural methods to farmers supplying REWE Group. Including farmers, suppliers and REWE Group in a programme, GLOBAL 2000 contribues to create sustainability in agriculture. In part B ecological problems due to the use of pesticides are shown: danger for humans, increasing resistance of pests to toxic substances and the killing of useful animals such as honey-bees and ladybirds. Above all, less than 1% of the pesticides applied reaches target species. In part C the European and Austrian laws concerning the use of pesticides are cited and criticism of those laws is added. In addition the work of the European authority for food safety (EFSA) and of pesticide action network (PAN) as well as that of AGES and the Austrian label of good agricultural practice (AMA label) is described. In part D organic farming is described as an alternative approach to farming. The paper ends with a critical reflection of all topics mentioned and the conclusion that GLOBAL 2000 helps to promote sustainability in agriculture.

Beurteilende(r): Schneider Gerda

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