Food and nutrition

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) promotes the healthy enjoyment of food. An important basis for this is providing information about a healthy diet at all stages of life, for example via the National Action Plan "IN FORM – German national initiative to promote healthy diets and physical activity".

Another requirement is that the labelling and presentation of foodstuffs must always be accurate, transparent and comprehensible. In order to protect valuable resources, the BMEL is involved in campaigning against food waste and fosters the sustainable consuption of food products.

Various foods: vegetables, fruits, fish, muschrooms, meat, nuts, grains, eggs
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Overview of topics

Healthy di­et

Consumers in Germany have a wide range of high quality and healthy foods to choose from. Food is precious and can taste wonderful. Healthy eating is a pleasure – and a properly balanced diet is the best recipe for maintaining optimum health.

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Food la­belling

Labels with information about the ingredients and properties of a foodstuff serve to protect consumers and assist them in making better-informed choices. People want clarity on certain issues. Does the product contain any additives, allergens or genetically modified organisms? How much energy, sugar, fat and salt does the foodstuff provide?

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Food waste

To reduce the amount of food waste in Germany significantly is one aim of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). It has the objective to reach as many consumers as possible and reduce food waste with joint effort and a national strategy along the entire chain.

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Sus­tain­able con­sump­tion

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, the United Nations agreed on global sustainability goals (SDGs). In the following, we focus on sustainable development goal 12, which is to "Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns", and highlight some related activities that the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculure (BMEL) is carrying out.

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Recommendations

Ger­man reg­u­la­tions on the im­port of food (topic:food-controls)

There are a number of national and EU regulations that apply regarding the import of food to Germany

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Sci­en­tif­ic Ad­vi­so­ry Board on Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy, Food and Con­sumer Health Pro­tec­tion (topic:ministry)

The Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy, Food and Consumer Health Protection (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat für Agrarpolitik, Ernährung und gesundheitlichen Verbraucherschutz – WBAE) is an interdisciplinary body that advises the Ministry in the development of its policies in these areas.

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Qual­i­ty of life in old age: a healthy di­et is key (topic:senior-citizens)

We cannot and will not do without the contribution that senior citizens make to our society and the potential they have. Their life experience and advice are important. We want them to be able to stay healthy and active , participate in social and cultural life and grow old on their own terms for as long as possible. But it is also a fact that 84 percent of 70-80 year-old men and 74 percent of women in this age group are overweight or even obese.

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The Na­tion­al Re­duc­tion and In­no­va­tion Strat­e­gy: Less sug­ar, fat and salt in ready-made prod­ucts (topic:reduction-strategy)

Ready-made products are a trend and have become part of a modern lifestyle. Quite often, they tend to be relatively high in sugar, fat and salt. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) wants to support consumers in choosing a health-promoting diet and ensure that processed food gets healthier.

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Ex­tend­ed nu­tri­tion­al la­belling sys­tem Con­sumers want Nu­tri-Score (topic:food-labelling)

Nutri-Score, BLL model, Keyhole® or MRI model? A simplified and extended nutritional labelling system on the front of the food packaging is a key element in a holistic policy for promoting healthy eating and also a mandate from the coalition agreement.

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Na­tion­al Pro­gramme for Sus­tain­able Con­sump­tion – so­ci­etal change through a sus­tain­able lifestyle (topic:sustainability)

The Federal Government is committed to ensuring that consumers have a greater choice of environmentally friendly and socially viable products and services. To this end, it adopted the “National Programme for Sustainable Consumption” (NPNK) in 2016.

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The 14 green pro­fes­sions (topic:training)

The 14 green professions in Germany offer young people varied and diverse opportunities with good prospects for the future.

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The Prin­ci­ples for Re­spon­si­ble In­vest­ment in Agri­cul­ture and Food Sys­tems (topic:agenda-2030)

On 15 October, the member states of the Committee on World Food Security at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) unanimously adopted the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.

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Im­prov­ing Nu­tri­tion glob­al­ly (topic:agenda-2030)

Feeding the world population in the 21st Century requires more than just an increase in agricultural production. A holistic approach that focuses on food quality is key for achieving an adequate nutrition for all people worldwide.

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