Özdemir wants a healthier diet and higher food prices
Status: December 26, 2021 4:42 a.m.
Too much sugar, fat and salt – especially in finished products: According to Agriculture Minister Özdemir, Germans eat too unhealthily. He wants to set new standards for the industry – and increase food prices.
Federal Minister of Agriculture, Cem Özdemir, is planning stricter requirements for finished products so that people can eat more healthily. “Germany’s diet is generally too unhealthy,” complained the Green politician in “Bild am Sonntag”. Over 50 percent of adults are overweight.
“The reason for this is too much sugar, fat and salt, especially in finished products,” said Özdemir. “Politicians have tried for too long to motivate the industry to reduce these ingredients by making voluntary commitments. That is over now. With me there will be binding reduction targets.”
“There can be no more junk prices”
From Özdemir’s point of view, the prices for food and agricultural products must also rise. “There must be no more junk prices for food, they are driving farms into ruin, preventing more animal welfare, promoting species extinction and polluting the climate. I want to change that,” said the minister. He wanted people in Germany to appreciate their food as much as their cars. “Sometimes I have the feeling that a good engine oil is more important to us than a good salad oil,” criticized Özdemir. Food is not likely to become a luxury good. “But the price must express the ecological truth more strongly.”
The Minister of Agriculture is also aiming to expand the area of organically cultivated fields by 2030 from currently almost ten to 30 percent and wants to “use the state’s buying power”: The catering in public facilities should be converted to more regional and organic products. “The state must be a role model.”
Lemke wants to reduce the use of pesticides
Meanwhile, Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke called for a sharp reduction in the use of pesticides in agriculture. “I am not assuming that we will be able to do without pesticides completely within four years. But we need a significant reduction if we want to stop insect death,” said the Green politician in the newspapers of the Funke media group. “We can reduce the use of pesticides through financial incentives, but also through regulatory law.”
She is convinced that most farmers want to use less pesticides, says Lemke. For decades, however, the farmers had been driven into a predicament by the European agricultural policy that farms would have to grow and generate more income or would be bought up. Lemke criticized the decision to continue the European agricultural policy for the next seven years with the participation of the previous government.