Renate Künast

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Renate Künast
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Renate Künast
Member of the Bundestag of Germany
Assumed office
Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
In office
12 January 2001 – 4 October 2005
Preceded by Karl-Heinz Funke
Succeeded by Jürgen Trittin (acting)
Horst Seehofer
Member of the Berlin House of Deputies
In office
Personal details
Born (1955-12-15) 15 December 1955 (age 58)
Recklinghausen, Germany
Nationality German
Political party Alliance '90/The Greens
Residence Berlin, Germany
Alma mater Fachhochschule Düsseldorf
Occupation attorney

Renate Künast (born 15 December 1955) is a German politician who is chairwoman of the Alliance '90/The Greens Bundestag parliamentary group. She was the Minister of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture from 2001 to 2005.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Recklinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia. She studied social work in Düsseldorf and worked from 1977 to 1979 in this profession in a jailhouse in Berlin. After that she studied law until 1985 and worked as lawyer.

Political career[edit]

Since 1979, Künast has been a member of the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), first in the Alternative List in West Berlin. In the 1990s she was member of parliament and chairwoman of the greens in the parliament of Berlin. From June 2000 to March 2001 she was co-chair of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen on the national level, together with Fritz Kuhn. Since her party at the time did not allow the combination of functions in the party and the government in one person, she resigned when she became minister in the second government of Gerhard Schröder in 2001. Until 2005, Künast served as the German Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, known for increasing consumer protection, supporting organic farming, and expanding animal welfare.

Künast is also a member of the Humanist Union, a civil rights organization.[1] She is on the board of trustees of the Berlin-based AIDS-Hilfe (AIDS-Help) group,[2] and is an honorary member of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation[3] and the Angelo Roncalli Committee within that organization.[4]

After the 2005 election she became co-chair of the Green parliamentary party, again together with Fritz Kuhn.

Künast announced on 5 November 2010 that she we will be the candidate for Governing Mayor of Berlin for Alliance '90/The Greens in the Berlin state election, 2011.[5]

In 2010, she along with Cécile Duflot, Monica Frassoni, and Marina Silva were named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers,[6] for taking Green mainstream.


In July 2009 she was accused of antisemitism by the Jerusalem Post, after she had allegedly been overheard calling the pro-Israel "Stop the Bomb" organisation a "Mossad front", which she denied.[7][8]


  • Die Dickmacher. Warum die Deutschen immer fetter werden und was wir dagegen tun müssen. Riemann Verlag, 2004, ISBN 3-570-50062-4.
  • Klasse statt Masse. Die Erde schätzen, den Verbraucher schützen. Econ Ullstein List Verlag, München 2002.
  • Der Mordfall Schmücker und der Verfassungs„schutz“. Dokumentation seit dem 29. September 1986, vorgelegt von Renate Künast (MdA), Februar 1987. Alternative Liste für Demokratie und Umweltschutz, Fraktion des Abgeordnetenhauses von Berlin, 1987.


  1. ^ Beirat der Humanistischen Union
  2. ^ Kuratorium der BAH, Berliner AIDS-Hilfe.
  3. ^ Honorary Members, International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.
  4. ^ Honorary Members, Angelo Roncalli Committee, International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation.
  5. ^ "German Green leader to run for Berlin mayor". The Irish Times. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  6. ^,30
  7. ^ Benjamin Weinthal (2008-11-09). "German Kristallnacht events marred by reported rise in anti-Semitism". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  8. ^ Benjamin Weinthal (2009-07-12). "German pro-Israel group labeled 'Mossad front'". Retrieved 2009-09-28. 

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