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Logo BMEL Animal Welfare Initiative

BMEL Animal Welfare Initiative

On 17 September 2014, Federal Minister Christian Schmidt launched a new initiative for more animal welfare. With the start of the Animal Welfare Initiative, he wants to bring animal welfare further into the mainstream of society.

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Tradition – Innovation – a Devotion to Detail

Germany is the world’s third largest exporter of agricultural goods. German products are popular and in demand. The film on "Quality made in Germany" shows why. In approximately three minutes, the film shows the wide range of products offered by the German agri-food industry – in the fields of seed and planting stock, animal genetics, agricultural machinery, raw materials (cultivation and production), and semi-finished and finished products.

Germany stands for a modern, productive and at the same time sustainable agri-food industry. The film shows how the industry meets the high quality standards that apply in all sectors. These quality standards guarantee that all exports are of top quality.


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The Forests in Germany - Selected Results of the Third National Forest Inventory


Cover Brochure "The Forests in Germany"

The aim of this booklet is to generate understanding for the forest, forest owners and foresters. It provides citizens with the opportunity to get to know the functions of the forest and appreciate its value. Hence, the booklet is a contribution to sustainable forest management.

As of: January 2015




Signing of the contract

State Secretary Bleser: "A significant boost to German-Indian trade in foodstuffs"

Peter Bleser, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, is conducting expert talks in India this week.

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Federal minister Christian Schmidt, Gert Lindemann and Inge Böhne present the interim report

Rec­om­men­da­tions for more an­i­mal wel­fare

On 22 January 2015, Federal Minister Schmidt received the first interim report drawn up by the "Group of Experts on Animal Welfare". Minister Schmidt had tasked the Group of Experts on Animal Welfare with flanking his animal welfare initiative and making proposals on how animal welfare in Germany could be improved.

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Group photo of the participating ministers

International Agriculture Ministers' Summit in Berlin: around 70 States in favour of more international cooperation on bioeconomy in agriculture

At the conclusion of the 7th International Agriculture Ministers' Summit, the attending ministers from over 70 States and the representatives from the international organisations FAO and World Bank called for a coherent policy framework for a sustainable bioeconomy.

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