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World News: Germany
Germany | 26 August 2015
Germany follows Scotland's example with move to ban all GM crops

Germany has reportedly begun taking steps towards banning the use of all genetically modified crops. New rules will allow individual member states to block farmers from using GM organisms, even if ...


Germany | 25 August 2015
Germany starts move to ban GMO crops

Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new European Union rules, documents seen by Reuters showed on Monday. German Agriculture Minister Christian Schm...


Germany | 20 August 2015
German farmers blame Russian embargo for mass devaluation

German farmers have blamed the Russian embargo for the devaluation of their products. They said that agricultural producers in the country suffered significantly after Russia had imposed the embargo i...


Germany | 19 August 2015
German farmers hit by drought, Russia food ban

Germany's farmers' association, the DBV, released new figures on the harvesting season on Tuesday, showing that a long spell of unusually hot weather in the first half of this year severely affected c...


Germany | 28 July 2015
Germany, Taiwan, Vietnam report avian flu outbreaks

Avian influenza caused by various strains struck poultry farms and backyard birds in Germany, Taiwan, and Vietnam over the past few days, according to reports to the World Organization for Animal Heal...


Germany | 19 March 2015
German government quarrels over GMO cultivation ban

Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt hopes to create a legislative framework that would cover cultivation bans on genetically modified plants, but leave them up to the regions. Environment Minister ...


Germany | 16 February 2015
Europe’s shale slowdown

A year ago, Russia’s lunge into Ukraine focused European minds on the dangers of depending on Moscow for their energy supplies, pushing countries across the continent to scramble onto the shale-gas ba...


Germany | 12 February 2015
Germany to work with Punjab in promoting organic farming

Germany will help Punjab in promoting organic farming in the state which is considered to be as the foodbowl of the country. It was agreed in a meeting of a German delegation led by Peter Bleser, ...


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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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 ...


Germany | 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 ...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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 ...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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 ...


Germany | 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...


Germany | 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. ...