German environment ministry proposes a social contract for green agriculture


German environment minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) proposes a social contract during the Agricultural Congress of Germany’s Environment Ministry (BMU). Top priority when it comes to the future of the agricultural sector is the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The goal now is to rely on member states to create a climate-friendly agricultural sector in order to make the agricultural sector fit for the future.

According to Alexander Müller, managing director of the think tank TMG, at the end of this social contract, there must be an answer to the question of how we can jointly contribute to sustainable agriculture. Against this backdrop, the German government is urged to ensure that the new CAP in the country actually ensures that public money is spent on public goods – in other words, subsidies for sustainable agriculture.

The current CAP agreement is not enough for Müller, and that’s why he sees the agricultural congress as an important resource to bring together the different interests.

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