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Industry and lobbying: Purchased Powers?

How sustainable, how inexpensive will be our agriculture? In Brussels, is currently being negotiated. A look at the German agricultural policy shows that the co

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Industry and lobbying: Purchased Powers?

How sustainable, how inexpensive will be our agriculture? In Brussels, is currently being negotiated. A look at the German agricultural policy shows that the consumer is number One.

For years block leading agricultural politicians of any progress towards a nature-friendly agriculture. The pointed to research by the SWR based on data from the University of Bremen. The evaluations found that agri-politicians, votes in a key position, for example, in the Committee on agriculture, to small Details in favour of industry interests. On closer inspection, the closest linkages between large enterprises of the Agricultural industry, associations, and food industry.

The example of the fertiliser application Ordinance which can be clearly traced: For years, the water works to complain in many Parts of the Republic, the increasing nitrate pollution of groundwater - as a result of over-fertilization of soils with manure. Nitrate in water is considered to be carcinogenic, and especially for small children, harmful to health.

nitrate in water is considered to be carcinogenic.

to reduce The nutrient input, however, would have far-reaching consequences for the heavily export-oriented German meat industry. They earned billion of the approximately 65 million pigs, which are fattened every year in Germany and slaughtered, but is not willing to bear the resulting costs to the environment.

fertiliser application Ordinance - "far away from the scientific Know-How"

2016 and 2017, a new fertilizer Ordinance should reduce the manure problem. The former CDU Chairman in the agricultural Committee of the Bundestag, Franz-Josef Holzenkamp, have proven to be, according to former Committee members, such as Wilhelm pries Meier (SPD) or Friedrich Ostendorff (B‘90/The Greens) as leaders against a tightening.

The meat industry earned billion of the approximately 65 million pigs in the year to be fattened for a year in Germany and slaughtered, but is not willing to bear the resulting costs to the environment.

Up in the last minutes before the vote on the draft regulation had been rotated to the permissible values. Among other things, it came to the nitrogen requirements of arable crops. The Committee on the recommendation of the scientific experts, Friedhelm Taube from the University of Kiel was to. Dove, and a further 30 colleagues had calculated how many liters of nitrogen fertilizer, the plants can absorb, and the value at which the over-fertilization begins.

However, the agricultural Committee and not its scientifically proven value, but a 30% increase in assumed. Dove is today outraged at the decision, which he referred to as "far away from the scientific Know-How". Nevertheless, the German Bundestag of the regulation in the spring of 2017, agreed to a free ticket for even more manure on the fields.

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