Next German government must quickly implement agriculture proposal – associations
Clean Energy Wire
Several German agriculture and environment associations have called on the parties currently negotiating to form a new government to aim for a rapid implementation of the findings of the country’s "Commission for the Future of Agriculture.” “Four months ago, we presented a concept for saving both farms and the environment,” said Kai Niebert of the environmental umbrella organisation DNR. The negotiators of the Social Democrats (SPD), the Green Party and the Free Democrats (FDP) could therefore easily agree on a common goal in agricultural policy – “implement the commission’s findings,” Niebert said. Werner Schwarz, vice president of the German Farmers’ Association (DBV), seconded Niebert, arguing that the commission had already worked on a strategy that combines economic viability with environmental stability.
In order to include the farming sector in its efforts for a climate neutral transformation, Germany created the "Commission for the Future of Agriculture" in 2020. Droughts and farmers' protests had moved farming into the spotlight and the commission was meant to bring climate activists and farmers together to work out a compromise.