News Digest Item
11 Jan 2018

"German agriculture with ambitious goals in climate protection”

The German Farmers’ Association / Germanwatch

Unveiling its Climate Strategy 2.0, the German Farmers’ Association (DBV) said climate change posed an enormous challenge for German farmers. “Like no other economic sector, agriculture and forestry are directly affected, as extreme weather events in the past year have shown,” the DBV said. "We are committed to our ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by 30 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels,” said DBV environmental officer Eberhard Hartelt. The DBV has also set additional goals of further increasing the climate efficiency of agricultural production.

The efforts failed to impress environmental group Germanwatch, which said the measures would not effectively reduce greenhouse gases in agriculture. "The farmers' association is obviously looking above all for arguments to change nothing in industrialised agriculture and the increasingly export-oriented milk and meat production," said Germanwatch’s Tobias Reichert.

Read the DBV press release here.

Read Germanwatch’s response here.

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