Food industry: Food shortage warning | tagesschau.de

Status: 07.05.2022 5:08 PM

In light of the Ukraine war, raw material prices have continued to rise – and with them, food prices. The food industry fears food shortages and is calling on Agriculture Minister Özdemir to act.

In light of rising food prices, associations warned of food shortages and called on Federal Agriculture Minister Cem Ozdemir to take action. “At some point, the question will not be how much the raw materials for our food cost on the world market, but whether we can still get any of them,” said Christian von Boettcher, president of the Federal Federation of the German Food Industry. Bild, according to a preliminary report.

Active Crisis Management is required

Boecher called Özdemir to “finally switch from the green program to active crisis management.” Regarding rising food prices and an additional 50 million people starving worldwide, “No one can explain to anyone that German farmers should only cultivate 20 percent of the land that is organically farmed and that 10 percent should be set aside as ecological land. Bohr,” said von Bucher.

Milk and bread prices may rise again dramatically in this country in the coming weeks. Relevant industry associations have warned of increases of up to 20 percent for dairy products and up to 30 percent for baked goods.

Björn Burgermann, Director General of the Dairy Industry Association, explained, according to the Neuer Osnabrücker Zeitung. This applies mainly to milk, but also to cheese. According to the umbrella organization of dairy and dairy manufacturers, rates of increase of 20 percent are “entirely feasible.” Ultimately, Burgermann explained, this is a matter of negotiation between dairies and trading companies.

The director general of the Central Association of German Bakery Trade, Daniel Schneider, warned in the newspaper “Bild” that eating “does not have to be a luxury”. The food industry in particular is affected by rising costs of energy, raw materials, and personnel. Bakery production costs have increased by 25 to 30 percent. “The prices of baked goods will rise dramatically,” Schneider warned.

The newspaper’s farmers’ association demanded that revenue increases be transferred “in full” to farmers. “Regardless of whether it’s an organic or conventional product — milk producers’ prices should go up,” said Vice President Karsten Schmal of NOZ. Higher expenditures on energy, feed or fertilizers “faded the previous increase in dairy prices”.

Diakonia called for reforms

The Protestant Social Welfare Association Diakonie Germany has also formulated demands for politicians: “We will have a lot more poor people than we previously thought,” said Maria Loehide, head of social policy, at Augsburger Allgemeine. For many, the salary is no longer enough for a whole month to buy food and everything necessary for the education of children. “We see it in every counseling center, in debt counseling centers, social counseling centers, as well as family centers,” Lohedi said.

In addition to increasing rates for Hartz IV, Diakonie also advocated social support reform in public crises. The emergency regulation stipulated in social law books can be envisaged, which provides for constant support for those affected if a state of social emergency is established by the Bundestag.

Fear of rising food prices and shortages

Vera Wolfskkampf, ARD Berlin, May 7, 2022 at 9:31 pm

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