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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 global food security and nutrition - Facts and backgrounds

Cover Brochure 'Understanding Global Food'

This brochure will provide you with information on the underlying contexts of nutrition and agriculture globally, and will inform you about the activities of the BMEL on food security and good nutrition.

Deutsche Version: Welternährung verstehen - Fakten und Hintergründe

As of: January 2015




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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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Special Show of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture at the IGW from 16 to 25 January 2015

At the 80th International Green Week in Berlin, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) will once again be represented by its own Special Show in Hall 23a of the Berlin Fairground. Under the title "A Place for Ideas to Grow", the BMEL will this year be focusing on current developments in the fields of breeding and breeding research. The special show also offers visitors the opportunity to find out more about important links in the value-added chains in the fields of food, agriculture and horticulture.

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Schmidt: "We must proceed with the necessary care"

Following the negotiations on the future of European legislation governing organic farming, Federal Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt welcomed the fact that the Agriculture Council intended to devote more time to discussing the Commission proposals in greater detail - if the Commission is still committed to these proposals at all.

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