A virtual meeting between German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir and the country's associations on Wednesday (29 June) kick-started the development of a sustainable and healthy nutrition strategy, though expectations differ widely on the details.
Ahead of a G7 summit this weekend, the German government gathered ministers from 40 countries in Berlin on Friday (24 June) to draw up strategies for global food security in the face of Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports.
Ukraine cannot count on Putin to honour his word and grant safe passage to grain vessels, German agriculture minister Cem Özdemir said during a visit to Kyiv on Friday, where he also promised fresh funds to support alternative export routes.
Germany wants to re-examine its plans for the implementation of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) due to the war in Ukraine, the agriculture ministry said in response to the European Commission calling for a move towards 'resilient and sustainable' agriculture. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Every product produced and sold in Germany will soon have to indicate the conditions under which animals were kept, according to plans presented by German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir on Tuesday (7 June). EURACTIV Germany reports.
After a long back-and-forth, Germany's agriculture ministry has found a compromise with the European Commission over the implementation of the EU's Nitrate Directive, meaning it will likely avoid multi-million euro fines. EURACTIV Germany reports.
In its letter of observation on Germany's plans for the implementation of the EU agricultural reform, the European Commission criticised far-reaching issues and called for more environmental and climate protection.
The Commission is open to a German proposal to delay new EU rules on crop rotation in order to increase wheat production in the light of the Ukraine war, after the idea won approval from a number of member states.
Global food security and the impact of Russia’s invasion are high on the agenda of the G7 agriculture ministers meeting on Friday and Saturday (13-14 May), with Ukrainian minister Mykola Solskyj as a special guest.
German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir is lobbying the European Commission to postpone a new regulation on crop rotation so that farmers can grow more wheat in view of the war in Ukraine. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Ukraine needs logistical support for the export of crucial agricultural products currently impacted by Russia's aggression, German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir, who wants to mobilise fellow G7 countries to help Ukraine, has said
Germany's environment and agriculture ministries are apparently currently working on restrictions for the production of biofuels so that more grain can be used as human food as agriculture markets remain strained due to the war in Ukraine. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Biomass will be used to meet particularly high energy demands, according to the German government's so-called "Easter Package", which aims to use agricultural raw materials for energy production in response to the war in Ukraine.
The debate over scrapping environmental measures to produce more food and mitigate problems caused by the Ukraine war has split German policymakers and so far, federal and regional governments have not been able to find a middle ground.
German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir has joined the European Commission in dubbing agriculture a security issue. Making agriculture more sustainable and resilient is an important step towards more independence from Russia, he said in an address to German lawmakers.
While calls to reconsider the green goals the EU has set for the food sector have become numerous since Russia’s attack on Ukraine, German farm minister Cem Özdemir has made a point of stressing sustainability efforts should not be curtailed.
Germany has finally submitted its national strategic plan for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, almost two months after the deadline set by the European Commission - but without any major overhaul after the recent government change.
Renewable energies are to be used in German agriculture, as the agriculture, climate and environment ministries led by three Green ministers want moor areas - which are key for the climate - to be connected to agricultural photovoltaics. EURACTIV Germany reports.
While Austrian Agriculture Minister Elisabeth Köstinger was keen to put the question of a mandatory origin label on the table of this week’s informal ministerial meeting in Strasbourg, participants said it did not make the cut.
While France’s Julien Denormandie lauded member states’ enthusiasm on low-carbon agriculture, the informal meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Strasbourg revealed tricky technical questions on the matter that still lie ahead.
Plans to reduce pesticides can only succeed if farmers have access to alternatives - including so-called new genetic engineering, Norbert Lins, chairman of the EU Parliament's Agriculture Committee, told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
A total of 68 countries agreed to contribute to climate protection and biodiversity conservation by protecting agricultural soils at last week's World Conference of agriculture ministers in Berlin. EURACTIV Germany reports.