Agriculture: Germany is lagging behind in organic farming

More feed imports and pesticides, less biodiversity: According to a report, German agriculture has large sustainability deficits.


The Office for Technology Assessment at the Bundestag has apparently found in a study on behalf of Parliament large sustainability deficits of German agriculture. The 328-page paper available to the Süddeutsche Zeitung sums up that environmental sustainability has deteriorated. Overall, the dependency on feed imports and the use of pesticides is increasing, while biodiversity is decreasing. More and more often livestock would be used, which were trimmed on one side to high performance, intensive livestock husbandry without outlet would take.

In addition, the past years' pastoralism is an indication that "the industry as a whole is characterized by a lack of economic sustainability," according to the report, continues in the paper. Over a period of seven years (2010 to 2017), the number of holdings with cattle has fallen by 18 percent and those with dairy cows by 28 percent. From 2007 to 2016, the number of farms with pig farms halved. Consequently, there are high job losses in agriculture.

In addition, according to the study, Germany is lagging behind in organic farming in European comparison. While in Austria 21 percent of the area would be operated ecologically, in Germany there are only just under seven. However, the paper here refers to comparative values ​​from 2016. However, according to the paper, the speed of change in Germany is comparatively low as well. In this country there was only a moderate increase since 2005.

The opposition sees a need for action in the government. "Time is short, the situation is dramatic," says agrarian politician Friedrich Ostendorff of the Greens. "We now have to pull out all the stops to preserve our peasant structures and peasant agriculture."

ref: zeit