About: Christian Schmidt

Agrifood 17-08-2017

Tainted egg scandal sparks political row in Germany

A German state minister charged Wednesday (16 August) that over three times more eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil had entered the country than the national government has admitted.

Agrifood 07-11-2016

EU takes Germany to court over high nitrate levels

The European Commission is taking Germany to court because of high nitrate levels that have been detected in its water. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Climate change 28-09-2016

Germany’s ‘horror catalogue’ 2050 climate plan criticised from all sides

Environmental groups have criticised Germany's divisive 2050 climate protection plan for being too lax, whereas the country's ruling coalition think it is too stringent. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Agrifood 28-09-2016

German agriculture: Short-term crisis management or long-term strategy?

Numerous agricultural crises in Germany have made life difficult for the Agriculture Ministry lately, especially in light of much-needed structural changes to the sector. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 27-09-2016

One in seven German farmers apply for milk reduction aid

Thousands of German farmers are set to cut their milk production in order to qualify for EU funding. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 01-04-2016

No end in sight for slaughter of newborn male chickens

Millions of newly-hatched chicks are killed every year in Germany, because the males are not worth anything to the poultry business. Even though experts have denounced it as a violation of animal welfare, Berlin has decided against banning the practice. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 30-03-2016

Germany plans ‘smart’ packaging to cut food waste

Germans throw away 82kg each in food waste every year, despite much of it still being edible. Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt (CSU) wants things to change and to abolish the expiration date on packaging in favour of more scientific alternatives. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 17-03-2016

Agricultural crisis: ‘Global markets are not the future’

Earlier this week, EU agricultural ministers discussed potential measures against price drops. However, there are many who think that these plans do not go far enough. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 07-03-2016

Overwhelming majority of Germans contaminated by glyphosate

The herbicide glyphosate can enter the body through food or drinking water. A new study has shown that the majority of Germans have been contaminated by the compound. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 11-01-2016

Antibiotic resistance looms as serious threat to health

Intestinal bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics have been detected in animals, humans and food in Germany. Experts fear future health problems if steps are not immediately taken. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 06-01-2016

Study: Germans still love their meat and eat plenty of it

The Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection has published its latest nutrition report, detailing Germans eating habits. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Tobacco lobby stubs out total German tobacco ad ban

The ambitious plans of the Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Christian Schmidt, to ban tobacco advertising have been scaled back. Critics have cited pressure from the tobacco industry. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Agrifood 04-11-2015

Agri-giants pull GM maize out of Germany

Four large seed companies will no longer grow genetically modified maize in Germany. "We have achieved our goal," said Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt on Tuesday (3 November). EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 15-10-2015

‘Bargain bin’ milk could hurt developing economies

A proposed boost to German dairy-exports has been criticised for the potential economic damage it could do to developing countries, EURACTIV Germany reports. 

Germany opts out of growing GMO crops

Germany has told the European Union it will ban cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), under new European Union rules allowing member states to opt out of GMO cultivation, a document seen by Reuters showed yesterday (30 September).

Germany initiates move to ban GMO crops

Germany has instigated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, according to official documents.

Health 07-07-2015

German tobacco ad ban plan: Only lobbyists protest

Food Minister Christian Schmidt wants to prohibit tobacco advertising. Unsurprisingly, the only people who are upset about it are tobacco companies. Tagesspiegel reports.

Agrifood 02-07-2015

German states draft bill for nationwide GMO ban

Five state governments in Germany are putting pressure on Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt, introducing a bill for a nationwide ban on GMOs instead of his “patchwork” proposal. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 22-05-2015

German government to boost organic farming

Germany is hungry for organic products. But, despite good market conditions, and heavy marketing, organic farmers are not reaping their share of the boom’s benefits, something Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt intends to change. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Health 15-05-2015

German government poised to tackle growing antibiotic resistance

Germany hopes to slow the development and spread of antibiotic resistance in medicine and agriculture with its new "DART 2020" strategy. But critics have their doubts, saying it does not do enough to curb large-scale use of antibiotics on livestock farms. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Agrifood 19-03-2015

German government quarrels over GMO cultivation ban

Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to create a legislative framework that would cover cultivation bans on genetically modified plants, but leave them up to the regions. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, meanwhile, is insisting on a national GMO ban. EURACTIV Germany reports.