According to a report published online two days ago by Oggi Treviso (Treviso Today), the mood was tense at a Conegliano townhall meeting this week, where 22 of 30 council members voted against an initiative to ban the use of chemical-based pesticides and herbicides in the township.
The initiative had been “inspired” by the Colli Puri di Collalbrigo (Pure Hills of Collablbrigo), a local environmental activist group, and it had been submitted officially by the two council members who belong to the Cinque Stelle (Five Star) movement.
(Collalbrigo is a village in the township.)
The ban would have made the Conegliano township “pesticide free.”
An opponent of the initiative asserted that a 100 percent pesticide-free township would result in a “50 percent” drop in agricultural production.
According to the authors of the report, tension between council members (one wearing a costume mask) was exacerbated by prior acrimonious email exchanges, in some cases “threatening” and “disrespectful” of local “institutions.”