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EU’s Agricultural Ministers Form Green Think Tank

01 June 2012

DENMARK - The Danish agricultural minister, Mette Gjerskov, challenges her colleagues to develop new ideas for a greener agricultural policy when they meet in Kolding and Horsens 3–5 June. The Ministers will also visit the Wadden Sea and Gram Castle, with Denmark’s largest organically cultivated farmland.

There will not be any traditional ’tour de table’ when the EU agricultural Ministers gather in Forum Horsens on Tuesday 5 June. The Danish Minister Mette Gjerskov wishes things be done differently. Not only within EU agricultural policy, but also in the method of discussion in the Council.

"I have invited my colleagues to join a green think tank. With the agricultural policy as a joint interest, we will develop the best models for a green transition of agricultural policy and agricultural economy. Business as usual does not appear to be an option anymore," states Mette Gjerskov and adds that the objective is that a greener and more innovative agriculture contributes to lifting Europe out of the financial crisis.

"Organic production is an example of how to create a green transition. In Denmark we have a long tradition for organic production which we aim to strengthen and increase to the double of what it is today. I am therefore looking forward to taking my colleagues to Gram Castle, which is an example of both large-scale organic production and of creation of new local jobs," said Mette Gjerskov.

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