“Many foods in Germany are surprisingly cheap compared to neighboring countries,” said the head of government of the agricultural state of Lower Saxony to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Sunday). With the increasing demands on farmers, the prices of groceries in the supermarket would also have to rise. “More performance also has to be paid better. The farmers won’t get it any other way.” Retailers should not uphold the “principle of lowest price”.
In view of controversial food price campaigns, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) will meet retailers and the food industry on Monday. The meeting in the chancellery with associations and supermarket chains had already been announced after an “agricultural summit” at Merkel with representatives of agriculture in December. This is also due to ongoing protests by farmers against new environmental regulations, but also against controversial cheap offers for meat and other foods.
Greens chairman Robert Habeck has called on the federal government to ban food retail prices.
“This price dumping in the supermarket makes me angry. The federal government has to prohibit it,” said Habeck of the “Bild am Sonntag”.
His suggestion: an animal protection center for animal products. “This will finance the conversion of stables and give animals more space,” Habeck told the newspaper. The consumer would hardly notice this small surcharge at the checkout.
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