Sustainability and organic farming

Organic farming is a highly resource-conserving and environmentally-friendly activity that is oriented towards the principle of sustainability. With annual sales revenues of Euro 7.04 billion (2012) Germany has the largest organic food market in Europe. The Bio-Siegel (German organic production logo) creates transparency and offers reliable orientation in the jungle of organic brands. Organic products are subject to controls on the basis not only of food and feed legislation but also of the EU legal provisions for organic farming.

The BMEL uses the entire value chain in order to improve the framework conditions for organic farmers and their partners: from production, sales and processing to marketing. The goal is to improve quality, raise productivity, reduce logistics and distribution costs, and meet consumer expectations in terms of quality, origin and price. The federal programme Organic Farming is to continue to receive annual funding amounting to Euro 17 million.

BMEL Conference on the Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Germany

Federal Minister Schmidt opens the conference on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Germany

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, the United Nations agreed on global sustainability goals (SDGs). How can these goals be implemented at national and international level? This was the focus of an expert conference held in Berlin from 2 to 4 May 2016.

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Reforming the EU Regulation on Organic Farming

Europafahnen vor der EU-Kommission in Brüssel

On 16 June 2015 the Council of Agriculture Ministers took a significant step forwards regarding the European Regulation on organic farming. In Luxembourg Germany was able to persuade the other Member States to accept most of its demands.

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Organic Farming - Looking Forwards

Federal Minister Christian Schmidt and Chairman of the Organic Food Industry Federation (BÖLW) Dr Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein

At the launch event at the BMEL in Berlin, German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt kicked-off the development of the new strategy: "Organic Farming - Looking Forwards".

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Organic Farming in Germany

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as of: January 2018

This information pamphlet gives a brief overview of organic farming in Germany. It presents statutory rules, organic farming associations as well as the development and support of organic farms.

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GENRES: Information System on Genetic Resources

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The information platform GENRES offers current news, technical information and documents on biological diversity and current projects and actors.

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Biological diversity - an overview


This review of the last 6 years (2007-2013) provides an overview of the BMEL activities undertaken in the area of biological diversity. The conservation of biological diversity is an important element in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture's policy for a sustainable and viable agricultural sector.

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Further information

Forest Climate Fund

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The Forest Climate Fund is part of the programme associated with the Energy and Climate Fund. A decision by the German Bundestag called for it to be established from 2013 under the joint responsibility of the Federal Ministries of Agriculture (BMEL) and the Environment (BMUB).

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