"The most difficult thing in organic farming is having to sacrifice yields and money," says Beate Mayer. "Asparagus farms are a long-standing tradition here. They are very big and have always employed foreign workers from Eastern Europe. Converting a large farm to organic production is a challenge. For that, you need support from major distributors. But they crunch the numbers and see that their customers don't want to pay more. That's why no one switches to organic."