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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 primary headquarters are located in Bonn with a secondary 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 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.

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL)
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Germany
HeadquartersRochusstr. 1, 53123 Bonn
Employees920 (Feb. 2010)
Annual budget6.324 billion (2019)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executives
The BMEL headquarters in Bonn, Germany
BMEL offices on Wilhelmstraße, Berlin



The current Minister for Food and Agriculture is Julia Klöckner. The Parliamentary State Secretaries are Maria Flachsbarth 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 October 2014):

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


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

Federal MinistersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bundeshaushalt".

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