The goals of the Acacia coalition are to declare acacia Hungaricum and to prevent EU efforts from cutting Hungary's acacia forests down.
Glattfelder recalled that EU officials working on a proposal arguing that the invasive species endangers Europe's ecosystems because it is a non-native plant. This deceptive argument has been rejected by research institutes and advocate groups across the country.
The Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at SZIE Csaba Gyuricza remarked that no one in his right mind would want to ban plants such as tulips grown in the Netherlands or the also non-native corn, rye, oats, and winter wheat.
The white acacia is a Hungarian tree. More than half of Europe's acacia forests are located in Hungary, they have an important role to play in the country's ecological biodiversity. The Dean pointed out that acacia forests planted in the eighteenth century at the Great Plains prevented large parts of the region from turning into desert as acacia is an excellent plant to prevent soil erosion.
Several Hungarian organizations and universities signed a declaration asking the government to declare acacia Hungaricum; these organizations include, the National Agricultural Association, the Hungarian National Beekeeping Association, the National Forestry Association, the University of Debrecen, and the Hungarian Farmers' Cooperatives.
(MTI – edited by hungarianambiance.com)