News from Germany

12-06-2014 01:38 AM
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 ...
21-05-2014 02:32 AM
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 E...
29-01-2014 00:28 AM
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 ...
16-01-2014 00:03 AM
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 ...
14-10-2013 01:47 AM
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 aw...
29-08-2013 01:45 AM
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 sp...
23-08-2013 02:41 AM
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 p...
01-08-2013 01:30 AM
'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 Ewer...
10-06-2013 08:51 AM
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 ...
07-06-2013 08:40 AM
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 ...
07-06-2013 08:34 AM
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...
08-05-2013 09:48 AM
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 sa...
07-04-2013 10:22 AM
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 e...
06-03-2013 08:49 AM
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 ...
04-03-2013 09:06 AM
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 singl...
28-02-2013 07:20 AM
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 h...
26-02-2013 10:01 AM
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...
25-02-2013 08:44 AM
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 de...
13-02-2013 08:24 AM
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 observin...
07-02-2013 10:00 AM
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 mark...
06-02-2013 08:46 AM
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 str...
06-02-2013 08:40 AM
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 derai...
04-02-2013 10:07 AM
Global agriculture between hunger and profit
Feeding a growing world population seems impossible without major investment in global agriculture. But a symposium at the Green Week food fair has fo...
03-02-2013 09:17 AM
German farmers demand the right to hunt wolves
Wolves were hunted nearly to extinction in Germany in the 20th century. But over the past decade, they have been making a slow return. Farmers say the...
22-01-2013 06:16 AM
Global agriculture between hunger and profit
Feeding a growing world population seems impossible without major investment in global agriculture. But a symposium at the Green Week food fair has fo...
19-12-2012 09:06 AM
Germany escapes poor potato harvest
There have been many reports of poor harvest conditions for UK potatoes this year. The same is true for many Northern European countries, but Germany,...
18-12-2012 08:52 AM
EU rapeseed growers eye gain as Germany boosts planting
Rapeseed output in the European Union, the world’s largest producer of the oilseed used in cooking and biofuels, may increase to a four-year high afte...
30-11-2012 08:20 AM
German fund pours millions into Ghanaian agriculture
A German organisation is pouring three million euros to help Ghana's agriculture sector to adapt to climate change and save the West African country's...
23-11-2012 08:30 AM
Scientists eye nanotechnologies to boost crop yields
Nanotechnologies that deliver fertilisers to plants offer promising ways of improving farm productivity while reducing the risk of water contamination...
19-11-2012 07:58 AM
In ex-East Germany, EU farm payments a necessary evil
On a vast farm in former communist East Germany, payments from the EU's Common Agricultural Policy are seen as a necessary evil that keep the wolf fro...
10-10-2012 09:04 AM
German expert says India does not need GM crops
“We are the world’s guinea pigs and are not faring well. Most people who consume genetically modified (GM) crops are not even aware of it,” Frances Mo...
08-10-2012 08:46 AM
Frozen fruit blamed in German vomit outbreak
Authorities say a single batch of deep-frozen strawberries appears to have been behind an outbreak of gastroenteritis in eastern Germany that hit more...
31-08-2012 09:17 AM
Biofuel crops transform German farming
The shepherds of Germany are worried. There are still about 2,000 of them tending sheep on grasslands, plying their ancient trade and defying time and...
09-07-2012 08:24 AM
EU says sugar beet industry not favoured
European Union rules for the sugar market don’t favor beet producers over refiners of cane raw sugar, according to EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian ...
13-06-2012 07:42 AM
EU may ease genetic engineering regulations
The European Commission would like to relax limits on genetically modified organisms in food. But Germany's agriculture minister supports a no-toleran...
13-04-2012 08:44 AM
Dioxin found in more eggs from Germany
German authorities said on Friday the highly-poisonous chemical dioxin had been found above permitted levels in eggs from two more German farms follow...
09-03-2012 07:47 AM
German wheat crop may rise 6.3%
Germany’s wheat production may jump 6.3 percent this year after farmers increased sowing and as the crop escaped damage from "extreme" cold in F...
11-01-2012 08:58 AM
Germany to restrict antibiotic use in animals
Germany is to restrict the use of antibiotics in farm animals to prevent over-use of medication, German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner said on Tuesd...
24-10-2011 09:50 AM
EU acts to prevent Dioxin contamination
European consumers and industry will get increased protection against dioxin contamination if a draft regulation governing the handling of crude veget...
05-09-2011 09:03 AM
Germany keen to curb illegal logging
The German government is aggressively trying to curb illegal felling of trees in tropical countries, and is apparently willing to join hands with a nu...
03-09-2011 09:27 AM
Urban agriculture blossoms in Berlin
A strange phenomenon is occurring behind the scenes of Berlin’s urban jungle. Berliners are trying their hand at planting blue potatoes, purple ...
04-08-2011 09:03 AM
EU wheat strong on US catch-up
European wheat markets rose about 2 percent on Wednesday, with prices catching up in a late surge in U.S. futures in Chicago on Tuesday...
29-07-2011 08:21 AM
EU ups e.coli compensation to 227m euros
The European Union on Thursday upped from 210 million to 227 million euros the lump compensation for European vegetable farmers hit by the fallout of ...
15-07-2011 08:07 AM
E.coli farm cleared to resume production
German authorities say a farm involved in a deadly E. coli outbreak is being cleared to reopen following thorough testing and the removal of all fenug...
15-06-2011 08:52 AM
EU agrees compensation deal
EU member states have agreed on a €210 million compensation package for farmers whose sales have suffered as a result of the E. coli outbreak in north...
06-06-2011 09:24 AM
Farmers suffer losses due to E.coli outbreak
The European farmers suffer million euro losses, many households are on the edge of bankruptcy due to outbreak of deadly E. coli...
03-06-2011 09:41 AM
Germany, spain agree to seek aid for farmers
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero have agreed that Germany and Spain will try to get aid on a Eu...
01-06-2011 10:05 AM
Severity of Europe E. coli outbreak stuns experts
The foodborne bacterial outbreak that has hit Germany and other European nations is unlike anything Western experts have seen: 16 dead and more than 1...
30-05-2011 07:22 AM
Outbreak of Infections Kills 10 in Germany
With 10 people dead of infection and 400 cases reported, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said Sunday that a bacterial outbreak....
05-05-2011 09:07 AM
Details on EU agricultural payments published
The Dept of Agriculture has published information on payments to legal entities that are beneficiaries of EU funded and co-funded schemes.