In order to reduce environmentally damaging factory farming, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is urging that meat consumption in Germany be halved. Additionally the Agency banned meat and fish in the ministery. All service providers and caterers have had to cook without meat or fish since the end of January.

“We need to reduce livestock farming so that excessive nitrogen inputs decrease and soils, water, biodiversity and human health are less polluted,” UBA President Dirk Messner told the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe.

Less meat would be very good for health and the environment, Messner stressed.

Meat consumption is already decreasing in Germany. “But if we want to make an effective change and adhere to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, then halving meat consumption in Germany would be the goal,” the UBA chief said. “That would reduce factory farming and have multiple positive environmental effects.”

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