Scientific monitoring of the German organic action plan (ZöL)
20 percent organic farming by 2030" - that is the goal of the German government. But how far has Germany come so far? And what is needed to achieve the target?
In order to give additional growth impulses to the organic food and farming sector, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, together with representatives from business, science, politics and administration, developed the Strategy for the Future of Organic Agriculture (ZöL) in 2015/2016 and published it in February 2017. The aim of the strategy is to adapt the politicy framework at national level with respect to the 20 % area target and to support the development of the sector through appropriate measures.
A corresponding expansion of organic production is to be understood as a process that politics can only advance together with the economy and science. It is important to adapt the strategy when framework conditions change or new opportunities arise. Through analyses and research, we support the BMEL in this process and show how far Germany has come so far and how it could further develop its strategy for the future.
The organically farmed area in Germany has expanded significantly in recent years and the demand for organic products has also continued to rise. The ZöL has also contributed to this development, as numerous new support measures have been implemented in the meantime. At no time has political support for organic farming been as well anchored as it is today. However, even if the development is going in the right direction, an area share of 20 % remains an ambitious target. A corresponding expansion is only conceivable if all relevant actors in the industry and in politics pull together and increase their efforts.
Permanent task 1.2020
Project status: ongoing