On Sunday, 15.58 % of Trentino voters voted: participation was much lower than the 40 % required by the quorum. Let’s look at the mathematics: of the 437,113 voters, 68,081 went to the polls. Specifically, 31,185 males and 36,896 females . Of these, 65,652 voted in favor. In other words, 96.96 % of those who voted crossed the “yes” box .
Let us now look at the geographical position of municipalities with higher and lower turnouts. Looking at districts or macro areas the highest is Val di Sole (21.37 % of the electorate), then the Giudicarie (17.35 % of the electorate) and the Alta Valsugana and Bernstol (17.25 % of the electorate). Whereas looking at the large pool of votes, 16.26 % and 16.48 % of voters respectively voted in the cities of Trento and Rovereto, equivalent to 14,964 and 5,152 citizens .
The defeat is clear but it gives hope that more than 65,000 Trentino citizens have confidence and want a more sustainable type of agriculture in this area. Personally, I did not expect more than a 10 % turnout at the polling stations, given the deafening silence of Trentino politics . As stated by Lucia Pavesi , the reasons for the defeat could also be technical-strategic (e.g., the lack of initial involvement of producers and some existing organic farming districts and insufficient publicity). Nevertheless, the courage of the proposers of the initiative was enormous. Publicly addressing one of the most consolidated (contaminating) sectors of Trentino was a heroic gesture.