What's New ? - 2021

What's New ? - 2021

New German coalition plans agriculture reform

27 November, 2021

Germany’s next government will introduce compulsory livestock labelling and revise the distribution of EU agricultural subsidies. The agriculture and food ministry, which will go to the Greens, will remain in its current form and not be merged with the environment ministry. The deal also promises the launch of a binding animal welfare label from 2022. It will provide information on transport and slaughter and be accompanied by an education and information campaign.
Coalition partners also want to support the restructuring of livestock farming to improve animal welfare and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
Germany will ban the sale of Glyphosate from the end of 2023 and promote organic farming more strongly.
The new government wants to achieve a 30% level of organic farming in Germany by 2030, a step up from the previous target of 20%. To achieve this, it has promised more financial support to help farmers make the switch from conventional to organic farming. This would mean Germany could surpass the EU target of 25% set in the flagship Farm-to-Fork strategy.
The legal basis will be introduced to permit video surveillance of sections of slaughterhouses of special importance to animal welfare.