Vermaisung in Germany

Public debate in germany about the increasing growth of maize monoculture particularly for energy production and its impact on the agricultural landscape and environment.

Ongoing conflict? yes
Conflict type Bioenergy governance conflicts
Resources agricultural products
Issues 1 social, 2 cultural, 3 ecological, 4 economical
Keywords Vermaisung, Germany, Public debate
References Linhart, E. & Dhungel, A. (2013). Das Thema Vermaisung im öffentlichen Diskurs [online]. Berichte Für Landwirtschaft 91(2).
Start date 2013
End date
Reason(s) for conflict Increase in maize coverage of German agricultural landscape due to the growing demand for biogas substrates has sparked a debate including newspaper reports, scientific studies and associations as well as government position papers on the negative effects of this development.
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests Economic feasibility of biogas production from the producer side (farmers) and farmers Associations vs. ecological and partly visual concerns from ENGOs, Media and large parts of German public.
Barriers for dialogue different positions on the matter
Forums for dialogue joint dialog and continuous discussion
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation