Farm policy key to solving world problems

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21 January 2005, BERLIN - German Consumer Affairs Minister Renate Kuenast officially opened on Thursday Berlin's massive "Green Week" food and agriculture fair saying that farm policy could hold the key to solving many international problems. In the advance text of her speech at the Berlin Congress Centre to open the 70th Green Week, Kuenast said that most global problems were related to the farming and food industries and related issues of justice. She said that after 2004, a year in which the European Un

21 January 2005

BERLIN - German Consumer Affairs Minister Renate Kuenast officially opened on Thursday Berlin's massive "Green Week" food and agriculture fair saying that farm policy could hold the key to solving many international problems.

In the advance text of her speech at the Berlin Congress Centre to open the 70th Green Week, Kuenast said that most global problems were related to the farming and food industries and related issues of justice.

She said that after 2004, a year in which the European Union was embroiled in drafting and implementing agricultural reforms, the year 2005 should be a "year of international justice".

The worldwide solidarity shown after the tsunami catastrophe in Asia should be seized on as a signal, said Kuenast, who is from Germany's environmentalist Greens party.

She specifically referred to the World Trade Organisation's agreement in Doha, Qatar in November 2001 to do more to help the agricultural situation of developing countries.

"The Doha round must finally keep its promise and become a genuine round for the developing countries," Kuenast said. "Next year we want to be able to stand here and say, the people have won."

Her speech officially opened the giant show, a popular event for visitors who throng to the Green Week to taste the latest products offered by the world's food companies.

According to Berlin fair officials, this year's Green Week, running through January 30, features some 1,600 exhibitors from 55 countries. It is expected to draw some 450,000 visitors.

Numerous experts symposia discussions concerning political, scientific, environmental and health issues related to the international agro-food industry also will take place at this year's Green Week exhibition, fair officials said.

Special attention will be on the 10 new European Union members from Central and Eastern Europe, with Russia also making a major presentation. At 6,000 square metres, the Russian exhibition is the largest-ever by a foreign participant at Green Week, officials said. 

DPA

Subject: German news

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