Just Agriculture, Alimentation Sovereignty and Forest Use

Structural change programmes for regions previously strongly dominated by the animal industry

What's the problem?

There are several regions in Germany, that are strongly dominated by the animal industry, e.g. the Emsland (Niedersachsen),  Münsterland (NRW), the county of Ludwigslust-Parchim (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), Königswusterhausen (Brandenburg), Cloppenburg (Niedersachsen) and Vechta (Niedersachsen). A democratic and solidary programme of structural change is necessary for a climate-just transformation of these regions.

What's the measure?

The programme will include ecological, socially responsible and plant-based food production and the enhancement of rural life. Secondly, special attention will be paid to the development of public transport, accessible medical care, local shopping facilities and the promotion of cultural and educational institutions such as theatres, cinemas, concert halls, community centres, sports halls and adult education centres.

How can this be implemented?

The structural change programme is developed and decided upon together with representatives of those affected by climate change, nature and environmental protection associations, young people, workers*, farmers*, animal rights and animal protection associations and the community. The money required for this is taken from the accounts of the animal industry companies located there.

How does this counteract climate change?

See Selbstverpflichtung zum Rückbau von Tierproduktion (Voluntary commitment to dismantle animal production)

Further literature, sources

  1. Heinrch-Böll-Stiftung, BUND (Hrsg.): Fleischatlas. Daten und Fakten über Tiere als Nahrungsmittel (2016, abgerufen am 24.2.2020)