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"Food system failed": Künast: Climate protection is only possible with a change in nutrition

2019-10-13T09:19:36.311Z

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Berlin (AP) - The Green Party politician Renate Künast calls for a fundamental change in nutrition in Germany. "We have a failed food system," said Künast the German Press Agency.

The production and transport of food in its present form was incompatible with the climate goals of Germany. "My thesis is that climate protection is only about nutritional change," Künast said.

Above all, the Green Party politician calls for food to be more seasonal, more regional and more ecologically produced. "To learn a new pleasure" would have the Germans, and this also means that you do not eat strawberries in January. The meat consumption must go back for a climate-friendly food production. This would not only avoid tons of CO2 emissions, but also release large arable land that is currently being used for fodder cultivation, Künast said.

Künast is not alone in calling for a paradigm shift in food production. Environmental organizations have been calling for it for years. Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) sees Germany on the right path. "Our agriculture is already sustainable," she said at a sustainability conference last week. By promoting modernization in agriculture, it intends to save 220,000 tonnes of CO2 per year in the future. The Minister also wants to push ahead with the expansion of organic farming.

Opposition politician Künast judges the German agricultural policy more skeptical. Thus, the policy would set false incentives, even the topic of nutrition and agriculture in the climate package of the Federal Government hardly represented. The cities should also drive change.

Agriculture will not be able to manage this turnaround on its own, as there are too many persistent forces in the agricultural sector. "There is talk about insurance and government subsidies due to drought or flood," said Künast. "But too little is talked about that we need to change the structures."

Source: zeit

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