Climate protection standards cost German farmers over 300 million euros per year – lobby group
Fulfilling the EU’s climate protection standards in agriculture cost German farmers about 310 million euros every year, the German Farmers’ Association (DBV) says in a press release. Total costs for complying with “the high national and European” environmental protection standards amounted to 5.2 billion euros, with water and plant protection being the biggest items of expenditure, the lobby group says. While German farmers supported the standards “demanded by society” in full, they faced a “substantial competitive disadvantage” vis-à-vis agricultural industries in other world regions that had to be “considered in EU talks over agricultural subsidies,” the DBV says.
Find the press release in German here.