In the course of the past year, they were frequently talked about in and around Abensberg: the foil that is used more and more by asparagus growers. And that would become part of the surrounding nature, according to the reproaches that have reached the Abensberger city council. At the annual general meeting of the Abensberger producer community, it was not just chairman Martin Neumeyer who addressed this topic. What is clear, is that the foil has its advantages, both for the grower and the consumer.
Specialist Simon Schumacher of the Association of Southern German asparagus and strawberry farmers (VSSE) emphasized that it is with good reason that about 90 percent of the asparagus acreage in Germany is covered with foil. This makes harvesting easier, but also minimizes the use of herbicides. Because of the foil, no harmful substances can be transferred to the vegetables, after which these can be removed from the fields without leaving any residues, when used correctly. Subsequently, the foil is recycled one hundred percent. Schumacher's conclusion: Foil cultivation is more environmentally friendly than the import of foreign asparagus.