Good vs. evil? In the world of farming ideology, you’re either a green enthusiast or a full-blown pesticide sprayer. Integrated agriculture tries to follow a middle course. Being as eco-friendly as possible but not shying away from using insecticide when deemed necessary.
Lasse Tamke, 31, is an orchadist from the Altes Land area near Hamburg. His family farm is a small one, 11 hectare of agricultural area, 27 types of apples, eight types of pears, cherries, plums and more. At first glance it’s easy to misread it as a classic example for organic farming: No machines are visible, windfall serves as a natural fertilizer, harvesting is done manually. Tamke uses glue strips and alcohol traps to prevent vermins from harming the fruits. But when statistics and weather updates show the possibility of an insect plage or a virus infection, he rounds up the chemical cavalry.