Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner (CDU) has announced changes in the meat industry. Cheap prices for meat are unethical and do not correspond to the value of the goods, she told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung . "A few cents for a hundred grams of poultry, who should keep even higher standards in animal husbandry and slaughter, how can a farmer's family survive?"
Due to an increased number of corona infections in different slaughterhouses "there was a momentum that favors structural changes," said Klöckner. They are currently examining to what extent advertising with enticing offers for meat could be restricted. It should also "put an end to the unfair trading practices between agriculture and the food chain".
Klöckner also appealed to consumers: in surveys, a majority said that it would do more for meat, including animal welfare. "But the supermarket checkout proves the opposite. There is no right to cheap meat every day."
The food standards in most companies are "very high," said Klöckner. "But there they work under conditions where every cent counts." This is the breeding ground for the system of many subcontractors within the framework of the work contracts. "Responsibility is delegated. This is at the expense of people, the system is susceptible to massive crises." Another answer could be more smaller slaughterhouses. In addition, Klöckner spoke in favor of a European animal welfare label, for which she wanted to use the German EU Council Presidency.
Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) called for more money for agriculture, "but for a turn, more agroecology," he said. Farmers should be given more opportunities to organize their stables and animal welfare and still remain economical. "It should be the case that meat does not become infinitely expensive, it should be affordable for everyone."