Cost-effectiveness and animal welfare are equally important in livestock husbandry.
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25.06.2018

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Early in 2017, the German Agricultural Society (DLG) publicly announced ten theses on agriculture in 2030. Experts from various professions in agriculture and stakeholders in other areas thus defined a position in enabling them to develop a future strategy for German and European agriculture. One central aspect in this context is the sustainability of production.

Every ten years, in the framework of a convention, the German Agricultural Society develops a future scenario for German and European agriculture for the next 20 years. In addition to the forecast market developments, the cornerstones of the conference in autumn 2016 above all concerned the sustainability of agricultural systems.

With a sustainability assessment of the individual farm and a survey of the sector in the context of a sustainability report for German agriculture (2014 and 2016), the DLG has already been pursuing an approach for ten years in which sustainability is not appraised qualitatively but quantitatively, on the basis of indicators. For example, the organisation has already been pointing out for several years that the task ahead is not only that of mastering the challenge of a growing demand for agricultural products, which is also a significant challenge that the European agricultural sector faces, but that we have to be self-critical in addressing the issue of whether the current agricultural production systems really meet the demands of sustainability.

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