Nature has no claim to perfection. It is colourful, diverse and beautiful on the inside – just like us. Alexandra also loves the beauty of the “imperfect”, the natural, the genuine. She studied agricultural sciences at the University of Hohenheim and worked in Paraguay and Georgia in the field of agriculture and viticulture. Her grandfather ran a dairy farm in Bavaria and her mother’s garden was more on the wild, unkempt side. These were things she was slightly embarrassed about back then, but proud of today. Her attitude to life: nature needs to breathe.
The 150 different plant species in Dr. Hauschka’s medicinal herb garden are certainly able to do just that. The garden directly behind the company building forms a sort of biotope, a little oasis with its own closed ecosystem. It provides animals and wild plants alike with sustainable habitats – for the development of new plant generations and the preservation of biological diversity. WALA is pursuing this same goal by monitoring selected species-rich grasslands. The project aims to increase biodiversity in these areas over a longer period of time.
How alive is our environment?
Alexandra believes the world is in the middle of a biodiversity crisis: “Species numbers have drastically declined, green spaces need to be better protected, and the One Health approach is more important than ever, as I strongly believe that the health of humans, animals and plants is all interconnected.” Such biological relationships are usually small, but their global impact can be drastic. If the rainforest is cut down, this has a direct impact on climate change. And cycles like this can be found everywhere we look. Ecosystems can only remain stable with an abundance of biodiversity. “I am motivated by the ecological impact of my work,” says Alexandra. “I see the urgent need to act and I want to give things back to nature.”