GERMANY, Berlin. The Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Michael Stübgen, opened the 11th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2019 (GFFA) in Berlin. The motto of the event is "Digital agriculture - intelligent solutions for the agriculture of the future".
Over three days, around 2000 international visitors from politics, business, science and civil society will discuss the use of digital technologies in agriculture at GFFA. There will also be the world's largest conference of agriculture ministers, the highlight of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA).
GFFA is a firmly established international conference on key future issues in the areas of food and agriculture. It takes place annually at the beginning of the International Green Week.
At the invitation of Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner, Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel spoke in Berlin in front of some 70 agriculture ministers from all over the world about "digitisation in agriculture".
The Chancellor said: "The fight against hunger will play a central role in the coming years. A world without hunger is one of the goals. They are here today to bring together seemingly irreconcilable things: the fight against hunger and the fight for a conscious use of resources. For both, digitisation is much more an opportunity than a risk. We can see that climate change is changing our conditions. Certain plants no longer thrive as they did 100 years ago - even here in Germany. Climate change is an ecological challenge of our time. And here, too, digitization can help."
At the press conference held as part of the forum, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, welcomed the statements of the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, on the planned German animal welfare label: "This confirms my path towards a state, voluntary animal welfare label. Only last week we submitted the law to the European Commission and the other Member States for notification. The Commissioner also indicated during the press conference that our national animal welfare label could become a role model in the European Union.”
During the press conference on the German animal welfare label, Andriukaitis said: "Only a few days ago we received the German law on notification. Give us some time to look at it in detail. I am responsible for animal welfare, so I am also responsible for taking all measures that help us to improve animal welfare - including a label. One aspect is of course important when we talk about voluntary labelling in general: That is compliance with the rules on the European internal market.”