Debate: Can chemical plant protection and biodiversity go together?

Last week we presented the first debate that happened as part of the DAAD Alumni seminar „Scientific Debating about Sustainable Agriculture – Biodiversity protection supported by breeding, biological plant protection and mixed crop cultivation“ organized by the Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use at the University of Göttingen.  

Here you can now listen to the second topic the participants – all agricultural scientist and alumni of German universities – prepared in teams and debated in a public event at the Sternwarte in Göttingen.

The resolution was „Chemical plant protection and biodiversity can go together“. The debate was hosted by Dr. Alcido Wander of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Organization (University of Kassel & GAU Göttingen Alumnus).

The affirmative team consisted of Christian Joseph Cumagun of the University of the Philippines, Los Banos (former Humboldt Research Fellow, GAU Göttingen), Lok Nath Paudel of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development in Nepal (GAU Göttingen Alumnus) and Sarjiya Antonius of the Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (University of Bayreuth Alumnus).

The negative team consisted of Ines Ksentini of the Tunisian Olive Institute (University of Hohenheim Alumna), Jegan Sekar of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in India (TUM Alumnus) and Jared Ochieng of the Micro Entrerprises Support Programme Trust in Kenya (THWS Alumnus).

Listen here to the statements of both teams, starting with the first speaker of the affirmative team.
Listen here to the debate that happend after the initial statements.
The group of Goettingen was joined by a group of alumni from Witzenhausen for the debate.

According to the „before and after“ – voting with the audience at the Sternwarte, the affirmative team was able to convince more members of the audience of their point of view. Do you agree? Join the debate in the comment section!

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