Kunast: climate protection only possible with a change in diet

The production and transport of food in its current form is not compatible with germany’s climate goals, she said. "My theory is that climate protection is only possible with a food turnaround," said kunast.

The green politician demands above all to eat more seasonal, more regional and more of ecologically produced foods. "The germans had to learn a new way of enjoying food, and that included not eating strawberries in january. Meat consumption must also be reduced in order to make food production more climate-friendly. That not only avoided tons of CO2 emissions, but also freed up rough farmland currently used for growing fodder, kunast said.

Kunast is not alone in calling for a paradigm shift in food production; environmental groups have been demanding it for years. Agriculture minister julia klockner (CDU) believes germany is well on the way to achieving this goal. "Our agriculture is already becoming sustainable," she said last week at a sustainability conference. By demanding modernization in agriculture, she wants to raise 220 per year in the future.Save 000 tons of CO2. The minister also wants to push ahead with the expansion of organic farming.

Opposition politician kunast takes a more skeptical view of german agricultural policy. So the politicians gave the wrong incentives, and the topic of food and agriculture was hardly represented in the federal government’s climate package. The cities also had to drive the change forward.

Agriculture will not be able to achieve this turnaround on its own, because there are too many obstacles in the agricultural sector. "There’s talk of insurance and government grants because of drought or floods," kunast said. "But there is too little talk about the fact that we have to change the structures."

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