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Federal Minister Cem Özdemir: ZKL important advisor for sustainable agricultural and food system

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Berlin, 27 September 2022 - The Commission on the Future of Agriculture (ZKL) today began its followup work at the request of the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Cem Özdemir.

Agrarminister Cem Özdemir und ZKL-Vorsitzender Prof. Peter Strohschneider bei der Auftaktsitzung zur Weiterarbeit der Zukunftskommission Landwirtschaft (ZKL) am Dienstag in Berlin.
Agrarminister Cem Özdemir und ZKL-Vorsitzender Prof. Peter Strohschneider bei der Auftaktsitzung zur Weiterarbeit der Zukunftskommission Landwirtschaft (ZKL) am Dienstag in Berlin.© BMEL

The panel is to be continued as a forum for reconciling interests in order to discuss in more detail the concrete implementation of central, political issues relating to the transformation of the agricultural and food system.

Özdemir's subsequent request to continue its work met with a great, positive response from the ZKL.

I am counting on the experience of the Commission on the Future of Agriculture to continue to provide me with constructive and critical support in the future. Now that we need to take concrete action, the concentrated expertise of the ZKL is particularly valuable as a forum for balancing interests in times of transformation to create a crisis-proof and sustainable agriculture.

ZKL Chairman Prof. Peter Strohschneider:

The Commission on the Future of Agriculture brings together various interests, and that is precisely what is needed to tackle the task facing society as a whole in implementing its recommendations.

The consensus that agriculture, business and consumers, environmental protection, nature conservation, animal welfare and science have found is a value that must be preserved and increased.

Background Information

The Commission on the Future of Agriculture (Zukunftskommission Landwirtschaft - ZKL) was set up by the German government on 8 July 2020 in response to protests by farmers.

It is tasked with developing recommendations and proposals that will enable sustainable, i.e. ecologically and economically viable and socially acceptable, agriculture in Germany in the future.

(sourece: BMEL Press Release)

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