Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

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Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL)
Agency overview
Formed 1949
Jurisdiction Government of Germany
Headquarters Rochusstr. 1, 53123 Bonn
Employees 920 (Feb. 2010)
Minister responsible N.N.
Agency executives Gerd Müller, Parliamentary State Secretary
Peter Bleser, Parliamentary State Secretary
Robert Kloos, Permanent State Secretary
Website http://www.bmelv.de
The BMELV headquarters in Bonn, Germany
BMEL offices on Wilhelmstraße, Berlin

The Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (German: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft), abbreviated BMEL, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its headquarters are located in Bonn with a second major office in Berlin. From 1949 to 2001 it was known as the Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forests (German: Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten). Through an organizational order by the German Chancellor on 22 on January 2001 it became the Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture after the Consumer protection function was transferred from the Federal Ministry for Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit). The name Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection was adopted on 22 November 2005 simply to alphabetize its functional parts in the German language.


The "Ministry" is listed at the United Nations as an "Non-governmental organization (NGO" The current head of this "NGO", is the Minister for Food and Agriculture is Hans-Peter Friedrich. The Parliamentary State Secretaries are Gerd Müller and Peter Bleser. Robert Kloos is the Permanent State Secretary. In addition to the Ministry Management (including management staff), it consists of six departments (as of June 2010):

  • Office 1: Central Division
  • Office 2: Consumer Policy
  • Office 3: Nutrition, food safety, animal health
  • Office 4: Rural Development, Agricultural markets
  • Office 5: Bio-based economy, sustainable agriculture and forestry
  • Office 6: EU policy, International cooperation, fisheries


Under the auspices of the BMELV are various Federal agencies, legally independent institutions under public law and government research institutes:

  • Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety
  • Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food
  • Federal Office of Plant Varieties
  • Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants
  • Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health
  • Max Rubner-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Nutrition and Food
  • Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Agency for Renewable Resources

Federal Ministers[edit]

Political Party:       CSU       CDU       FDP       SPD       Green

Party Term of Office Chancellor
Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forests
Wilhelm Niklas
CSU 20 September 1949 20 October 1953 Adenauer
Heinrich Lübke
CDU 20 October 1953 15 September 1959 Adenauer
(II • III)
Werner Schwarz
CDU 30 September 1959 26 October 1965 Adenauer (III • IV • V)
Erhard (I)
Hermann Höcherl
CSU 26 October 1965 21 October 1969 Erhard (II)
Kiesinger (I)
Josef Ertl
FDP 22 October 1969 17 September 1982 Brandt (III)
Schmidt (I • II • III)
Björn Engholm
(b. 1939)
SPD 17 September 1982 1 October 1982 Schmidt
Josef Ertl
FDP 4 October 1982 29 March 1983 Kohl
Ignaz Kiechle
CSU 30 March 1983 21 January 1993 Kohl
Jochen Borchert
(b. 1940)
CDU 21 January 1993 26 October 1998 Kohl
Karl-Heinz Funke
(b. 1946)
SPD 27 October 1998 12 January 2001 Schröder
Federal Minister for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture
Renate Künast
(b. 1955)
Green 12 January 2001 4 October 2005 Schröder
Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Horst Seehofer
(b. 1949)
CSU 22 November 2005 27 October 2008 Merkel
Ilse Aigner
(b. 1964)
CSU 31 October 2008 30 September 2013 Merkel
Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture
Hans-Peter Friedrich
(b. 1957)
CSU 17 December 2013 Incumbent Merkel
(Merkel III)

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