01 February 2015 | Online since 2003



World News: Germany
21 January 2015
German farmer takes on BMW, Bavarian government and aristocratic Thurn und Taxis dynasty

A 125-acre plot of farmland in Bavaria has become the centre of an unlikely dispute in which a small family-run business is taking on the combined might of BMW, the state government, and one of German...


14 January 2015
German grocers fund happier farm animals

A coalition of German agriculture, meat packing and grocery retail industries announced in Berlin on Tuesday that it would make about 255 million euros ($301 million) available over the coming three y...


7 January 2015
'We can't protect every sausage,' says German agriculture minister

Speaking with the German weekly news magazine, Spiegel, Schmidt said that German specialties could lose their European Union (EU) privileges as a result of the proposed EU-American Transatlantic Trade...


12 November 2014
German study finds GM crops good for farmers

The “pro” side in the debate over the benefit of genetically modified foods got a big boost from science this month, with an international study funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Coope...


5 November 2014
Less antibiotic use in German livestock

The European Union has a strong top-down approach to regulating non-therapeutic uses of antibiotics in animals. Now it is time to regulate the veterinary use. Germany has therefore recently 
implement...


23 October 2014
Pesticide bans affecting UK and German crops

Two separate reports indicated that the European Union’s ban on neonicotinoids and other pesticides could have devastating impact on several crops and farmers’ profits. A report conducted by busine...


9 October 2014
Bavarian farmer puts nappies on his cows in EU protest

Bavarian farmers are angry that their famous Alpine dairy cows will apparently have to wear nappies under European Union environmental laws. Johann Huber, whose family has farmed on the mountain sl...


8 August 2014
German dairy farm still blocked due to furazolidone

A German dairy farm in Lower Saxony is blocked after the banned antibiotic furazolidone has been detected in feed samples. Animal feed that is supplied to a few other German cattle farms in North ...


12 June 2014
EU states near compromise on GM crops

After years of acrimonious debate, European Union states are finally near a compromise solution on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops that will give reluctant governments the right to ...


21 May 2014
German chicken farms buy genetically modified soybeans

German producers have decided to feed their poultry genetically engineered soybeans, which biotech proponents say bodes well for transgenic crops in Europe. German farmers have broken their promise...


29 January 2014
Flatulent cows cause methane explosion at German dairy farm

A herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion. Police in Hesse state said in a statement that a static elec...


16 January 2014
German farmers fear for Europe's bacon with US trade deal

When German farmers and activists descended upon Chancellor Angela Merkel's office building Wednesday morning, they brought along some special guests — 17 pigs. The stunt was the latest European backl...


14 October 2013
German retailers selling flawed vegetables at lower price

Under the brand "nobody is perfect", certain European retailers are now starting to sell "ugly" fruit and vegetables, that would normally be thrown away or used as animal feed. The produce is sold at ...


29 August 2013
Why cattle breeders aren't leaving it to nature

Farmers don’t have to let nature take its course anymore. Instead they can specifically breed calves with the sex they prefer. Gender-selected bull sperm is already for sale but it's still not quite a...


23 August 2013
German farmers warn over rain setbacks to crops

German farmers concurred with upbeat ideas over grain volumes this year, but cautioned over the impact of rain, which has raised concerns over wheat protein levels, besides hurting fruit and hop crops...


1 August 2013
'Europe's crop management is getting greener'

US seed manufacturer Monsanto recently said it would withdraw new requests to grow genetically modified crops in the EU. German crop expert Frank Ewert says it's part of a general trend towards eco-fr...


10 June 2013
Thousands of Germans evacuate as dam on Elbe river breaks

Thousands of people left their homes in eastern Germany on Sunday as a dam burst on the swollen River Elbe and swathes of farmland were flooded in an attempt to spare towns, with meteorologists foreca...


7 June 2013
Farmers brace for major losses from Central European floods

While rescue teams scrambled this week to protect cities in Central Europe from some of the worst flooding in years, farm organisations are concerned about damage that could devastate crops for the en...


7 June 2013
Global food prices rise due to slow agricultural growth

Two international agencies have warned that current agricultural growth rates are too low to prevent food prices from rising further in the medium and long term. They urged the sector to invest more i...


8 May 2013
Germany a crucial agricultural investor for SA

Germany remains an important agricultural investment partner for South Africa - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Monday. “… Germany is quite important to ...


7 April 2013
No bees, no honey, no wine: Pesticides that put nature at risk

It has not been a good quarter-century for bees. The varroa mite was their first foe, which ravaged bee populations, causing hive collapse and local extinctions. One of the bees' allies then was a che...


6 March 2013
Contaminated Serbian corn supplied to German farmers

Alfred C Toepfer International imported 45,000 metric tonnes of corn contaminated with aflatoxin from Serbia. A batch had been delivered to more than 3,000 farms in northwest Germany for animal feed. ...


4 March 2013
New test to answer: Beef, horse or crocodile?

Food labs usually only check meat for what they suspect might be in it - a lot could pass unnoticed. Now, German researchers have come up with a single test for meat products to identify as many as 50...


28 February 2013
After horse meat, now organic farming scandal hits Europe

Germany is hit by a new food scandal as authorities struggled to restore consumers' confidence in meat products shattered by the recent discovery of horse meat in thousands of ready meals sold across ...


26 February 2013
New food scandal in Germany hits eggs

200 farms are suspected of selling eggs from hens kept in overcrowded conditions under the organic label as they cost 10 cents more than standard ones. "If it says organic on the box, what's inside...


25 February 2013
Prosecutors crack 'systematic egg fraud'

Prosecutors are investigating around 200 German egg farmers suspected of falsely labelling their produce as organic or free-range, in what has been described as fraud on a massive scale. It would s...


13 February 2013
Pig farmers ignore EU animal protection laws

Pregnant sows kept alone in small cages for months, unable to lie down or turn around: the EU estimates a third of German pig farmers are not observing its animal protection laws. Der Spiegel maga...


7 February 2013
Germany's largest dairy company enters Middle East

With an initial investment of €30-35 million, Germany’s largest dairy cooperative, DMK is launching its baby food brand Humana in the Middle East market. Humana is a leading international brand in the...


6 February 2013
Ban placed on German poultry after bird flu outbreak

The Department of Agriculture has temporarily banned the entry of poultry and poultry products from Germany following the outbreak of two separate strains of low pathogenic avian flu in two districts....


6 February 2013
EU grapples with costs of subsidising agriculture

European Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos wants to reform Europe's agricultural policy, but resistance from the farming lobby threatens to derail his plans. It will be to the detriment of citize...