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Australia The price question: Debate about cost better food

18:35  20 january  2022
18:35  20 january  2022 Source:   welt.de

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affordable prices in the supermarket, more biodiversity and animal welfare in agriculture: how both can be brought into a hat, stands for discussion.

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multiple agricultural organizations warn against playing the needs of income-weak households against those of farmers. The nutritional industry warned it should not give "social vegans" - people who are too expensive for animal products. And the farmers association described the tense economic situation of many companies.

Claims to the Federal Government

with the agricultural fair Green Week in Berlin is the traditional annual launch of the industry for the Corona crisis in this January. Nevertheless, their representatives use the appointment to describe the situation and to put demands on the new federal government.

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The new nutrition and Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir was also expected to first talks. Among other things, the green politician is strong for "Ramschpreisen" for food. From his point of view, prices for agricultural products must also rise. Özdemir and Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (also Greens) had announced this week to give rise to the topic of sustainable agriculture cross-departmental.

The transformation of the industry has to happen to affordable prices for supermarket customers, called Christoph Minhoff, the main executive of the Federal Association of the German Nutrition Industry.

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The farmers in Germany are very unsettled and relatively pessimistic, said farmer President Joachim Rukied. Future requirements for livestock and agriculture are not clear. "We need a clear signal where the journey is going." Alone the conversion of animal husbandry cost several billion euros a year. Now the financial pot had to be formed for it, called RuKied.

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For smaller farms can not shoulders can not shoulders, as well as the consulting firm Ey and the University of Göttingen with a study with a study. Many could and did not want to raise investment.

The economic situation of the companies is tense, in the pork retires desastrous, said Rukied. The farmers are to be more than animal welfare in the stables and more species variety on the fields. But that would also expect the companies.

«Farmers are entrepreneurs who can secure our diet and contribute significantly to the achievement of the climate goals," said FDP parliamentary cooperature Carina Konrad of the German Press Agency. "You need economic stability and independence on operational decisions." Allows necessary to use new technologies and modern pesticides. Necessary are also planning security and facilitation of stable conversion and approval of new «Tierwohlställe».

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«The social question can not be solved alone by the market and not at the cash register," Tina Andres, chairman of the federal government ecological food industry, said in the submission of the "critical agricultural report" of the annoyance. "The damage to humans and nature arising in agricultural production are currently not included in the food price," it says.

«If we have to increase prices, then social policy must respond accordingly, which affects the aid rates for needy persons," said Thomas Schröder, President of the German Animal Welfare Association.

Reduced sales

Despite increased food prices, the sales of the food industry fell last year. The Bundesvereinige estimates that he amounted to 182.4 billion euros, which would correspond to a minus of 1.6 percent. "Of course, it has followed when restaurants and canteen are closed," Minhoff said. In addition, increased production costs were difficult to enforce with higher prices at the customer.

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