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Food demand to be reconciliated with environment, animal welfare, Tamm says

Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm (Centre).
Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm (Centre). Source: (Mailiis Ollino/Pärnu Postimees/Scanpix)

Minister of Rural Affairs Tarmo Tamm (Center) said at a conference of ministers in Berlin that the growing demand for food products based on animals needed to be reconciliated with ways to rear animals in an environmentally friendly way.

The conference of ministers of agriculture in Berlin opened Berlin's international trade fair of the food, agriculture, and gardening industries.

"The agricultural sector is facing a difficult task. We need to find answers to the ever-growing need for foodstuffs of animal origin and the question of environmentally friendly animal husbandry," Tamm said according to spokespeople for the Ministry of Rural Affairs.

"We can't overlook the issue of animal welfare, which requires continuous international cooperation. Our common goal is to ensure sufficient food supply as well as sustainable development of the efficiency and profitability of the food and agriculture sector," Tamm said.

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), which took place in Berlin from Jan. 18 to 20 for the tenth time, is recognized as the world's leading agricultural policymaking event. Over 70 countries were represented at the forum, of them 45 on the ministerial level, and 19 on the level of deputy minister.

More than 400,000 people are expected for International Green Week that runs from Jan. 19 to 28. The Estonian exhibition at the fair is organized by the Chamber of Agriculture and Trade.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: BNS

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