Ecological Farming on EU policy agenda?

Germany’s U-turn on agriculture could start a new fundamental debate on the future of Europe’s farming policy

Germany's U-turn on agriculture could start a new fundamental debate on the future of Europe's farming policy. The announcement by Chancellor Gerhard Schrý of a new consumer-oriented agricultural policy leading away from industrial farming is being followed closely in Brussels.

 

In Germany itself, the nomination of Green politician Renate Kýand the proposed strengthening of ecological farming is leading to a heavy confrontation between the government and consumer groups on the one hand and the agro-industrial lobby on the other. The German Farmers Association (DBV) announced on Thursday that it will work closely with the incoming minister of agriculture, but did not accept the sole responsibility for the BSE crisis.

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