German farmer’s group calls for updated EU GMO crop rules to combat climate change

| June 28, 2019
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German farmers want access to new breeding technologies to protect against climate change. This would require a change in the European genetic engineering laws, said German Farmers Association president Joachim Rukwied on [June26] at the German Farmers Day in Schkeuditz near Leipzig. The plants must be able to handle both dryness and wetness, he said at the two-day meeting.

In addition, the farmer’s group president expects a tax-free risk reserve for possible crop failures – for example, after summer heat like [that of 2018]. Rukwied also demanded that the policy for more bioenergy production be strong in order to improve the farmers’ carbon footprint.

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Rukwied warned against an increasing alienation of city dwellers and farmers. Referring to referendum on protecting bees …. [h]e worries that urban milieus are increasingly trying to influence the daily work of farmers.

The German Farmers Association claims to represent the interests of around 300 000 farmers and their families.

[Editor’s note: This article was published in German. GLP’s summary was produced with Google Translate and lightly edited for clarity.]

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