Joachim Rukwied, President of the German Farmers’ Association (DBV), denies that agriculture bears most of the responsibility for the ongoing extinction of species. He defends a system of subsidies that has been shown to damage the environment, farmers, and tax payers. more →
For an eco-friendly agriculture
More than half of Germany's territory is used for agricultural purposes. This circumstance explains the vast influence agriculture has on nature and our environmental goods such as soil, water and air. The development in recent years of intensifying agriculture has led to higher stress on biodiversity and the environment due to nutrient surplus and use of pesticides. The effects are showing: a dramatic population decline of insects and birds as well as excessive levels of nitrates in groundwater and climate-damaging emissions.
NABU has become committed to ensure an eco-friendly agriculture. On this website you will find news and information on agriculture, agricultural policy and bio energy. This entails among other things the following issues: EU agricultural reform, healthy nutrition and organic farming, pesticides and fertilisers as well as measures taken protecting farmland birds.
A detailed analysis of more than 450 publications has shown that the CAP is not fit for purpose from both an environmental and a socio-economic perspective. more →
The agricultural sector employs the highest number of people worldwide and in many developing countries it plays a decisive economic role. After four years of research the 2009 policy report, Agriculture at a Crossroads, shows how agriculture, in times of climate change and an increase in demand for consumer goods, can be re-designed and become more environmentally sustainable and more equitable. more →
The Common Agricultural Policy of the EU (CAP) annually distributes approximately 60 billion EUR of subsidies - most of these funds as untargeted payments per area. The CAP is inefficient and has a very bad environmental performance. A new model could help fix this – also to the benefit of many farmers. more →
Green biotechnology poses one of the most important problems for the future of nature conservation. Transgenic organisms have both an indirect as well as a direct influence, that much can be said, on biological diversity, which is one of the central protected commodities of nature conservation. more →