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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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Understanding Farming - Facts and figures about German farming

Cover Brochure 'Understanding Farming'

This publication is designed to provide readers with a compilation of facts and figures about German farming, allowing them to form their own opinions about farming and farming-related issues. The aim is to promote readers’ understanding by describing modern farming methods without ignoring controversial issues.

As of: November 2014




The ministers Schmidt, Dijksma und Jørgensen after signing the declaration

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters call for more an­i­mal wel­fare in Eu­rope

Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands called upon the European Commission to give a high profile to animal welfare issues in its priority setting.

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Federal Minister Christian Schmidt, Professor Ulrike Arens-Azevedo and Sabine Schulz-Greve (speakers of the networking centres) with students

BMEL qual­i­ty of­fen­sive for healthy food

On the occasion of the first Federal Congress on School Meals held on 25 November 2014, Federal Minister Christian Schmidt announced a new quality offensive for healthy school meals and sought support for a joint strategy of federal, state and local authorities.

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Federal minister Schmidt at the lectern

2nd In­ter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence on Nu­tri­tion of the Unit­ed Na­tions (ICN2) in Rome

At the World Food Conference in Rome, Federal Minister Schmidt called for strong and decisive action to achieve the vision of a world without hunger and malnutrition and welcomed the Rome Declaration and the related Framework for Action adopted at the Conference.

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