Summer drought shows need for climate-conscious agriculture – environment ministry
This year’s persistent drought could help the push towards more climate-friendly agriculture in Germany, Susanne Ehlerding writes for Der Tagesspiegel. A working paper published after a meeting between farmers and environment minister Svenja Schulze lists several long-term measures needed for effective climate protection and adaptation in agriculture, including better research, more diversification and fair prices for agricultural products. Agriculture is responsible for 7 percent of Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions. The environment ministry has stressed that the sector must become both climate-friendly and climate-resilient, to mitigate and adapt to global warming.