German agriculture to go green

Chancellor Gerhard Schröder put a leading Green politician in charge of the revamped agriculture ministry.

Background

German Chancellor Schrý transferred the responsibilities of consumer protection to the new powerful agricultural ministry, headed by the recently appointed green agricultural minister Renate Ký The consumer responsibilities were switched from the health and economics ministers under Schrý's cabinet reshuffle.

Renate Kýs appointment to the new super ministry is an attempt by Berlin to redefine the country's agriculture sector towards more ecological farming. This move will create conflicts with Germany's powerful farm lobby and possibly European partners. Kýwould like to see ecological farming account for 10 percent of Germany's farm production and believes that public subsidies should be directed solely at ecological farming.

Brussels officials said that the new green appointment could also push European farm policy in a more environmentally-friendly direction. Kýwill join Italy's Alfonso Scanio as the second green politician at the EU's monthly farm ministers meeting. Agriculture Commissioner Fischler is also known to support more environmental aid to farmers.

 

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