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Junker F.,Thunen Institute For Marktanalyse | Gocht A.,Thunen Institute For Betriebswirtschaft | Marquardt S.,Thunen Institute For Betriebswirtschaft | Osterburg B.,Thunen Institute For Landliche Raume | Stichnothe H.,Thunen Institute For Agrartechnologie
German Journal of Agricultural Economics | Year: 2015

Biodiesel production in Europe and Germany relies heavily on rapeseed oil. Thus, the biodiesel industry has become the most important outlet for rapeseed oil. In light of the increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) saving requirements at the European level, this situation may change: according to the default values specified in the current legislation, biodiesel produced from rapeseed oil will not meet GHG saving requirements as of 2017. In this article, we assess the market impacts of the withdrawal of rapeseed oil from the biodiesel industry in Germany and Europe. Simulations with the MAGNET and CAPRI modelling systems indicate a decline in producer prices for rapeseed of approximately 17% in the EU. The area dedicated to rapeseed production will decline by 6%. Rapeseed oil is primarily substituted by imported vegetable oils. Simultaneously, imports of biodiesel from North America, Argentina and Asia are projected to increase. We investigate options to improve the GHG balance of rapeseed biodiesel. We conclude that only a combination of climate-friendly produced fertiliser and efficient conversion processes can provide the necessary GHG emission-savings to meet the EU's sustainability goals after 2017. Source


Zander K.,Thunen Institute For Marktanalyse
Journal of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics | Year: 2013

Consumers increasingly ask for food produced according to sustainability criteria. This research focused on sustainable fish labelling in Germany. We conducted focus groups with fish consumers in order to analyse consumer perception, judgement and the purchase relevance of 'sustainability-labels' in captured fish. Our results show that purchase relevance of these labels is generally low. This may be caused by the low level of consumer knowledge regarding fish for consumption in general and sustainable fisheries in particular. Test persons turned out to be tired of searching for information and for food labelling. Therefore producers and retailers should procure to use a joint and concise logo, instead of trying to establish different logos and standards in the market. Source


Belaya V.,Thunen Institute For Marktanalyse | Pinior B.,University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
Journal of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics | Year: 2013

In February 2013 the German media started to report about the "horse meat scandal". In this paper we first present a concise description of and analyse the course of the reporting about the horse meat scandal in Germany. Secondly, we elaborate on the frequency of the mentioning of causes, solution strategies and economic consequences of the horse meat scandal in the media by means of chosen evaluation criteria. In order to accomplish these two goals we have analysed 234 articles in selected newspapers and specialized periodicals using a media analysis. © 2013, OGA-Osterreichische Gesellschaft fur Agrarokonomie. All rights reserved. Source


Weber S.A.,Thunen Institute For Marktanalyse | Salamon P.,Thunen Institute For Marktanalyse | Hansen H.,Thunen Institute For Betriebswirtschaft
Landbauforschung Volkenrode | Year: 2013

The foreclosure of the internal milk market has been significantly reduced with the stepwise reduction of intervention prices and the suspension of export refunds of the European Union. Thus, price developments of the world market could now affect all levels of supply chain. Previous studies on price transmission of milk and milk products refer to the relationship between retail and producers or producers and world markets. Therefore, the objective of this paper is to analyse price transmission along the total supply chain. With a focus on the German cheese market. For the analysis monthly data is used ranging from January 1997 to October 2011. Applying different error correction model specifications asymmetries are analysed. The results indicate that retailers balance seasonal variations of producers' and wholesalers' prices. In addition, it can be noted that seasonality is becoming increasingly important for international prices due to higher shares of grassland based milk production. It can also be shown that the time lags in which price changes are passed on between the different levels differ. Thus, within the supply chain of milk and milk products there exist price asymmetries. Source


Zander K.,Thunen Institute For Marktanalyse | Feucht Y.,Thunen Institute For Marktanalyse
Journal of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics | Year: 2014

Consumers increasingly ask for food produced according to sustainability criteria a tendency, which is also relevant in fish consumption. This research focused on consumers’ attitudes towards sustainable aquaculture and its products in Germany. We conducted focus groups with fish consumers in order to analyse consumers’ perception, their judgement of different aquaculture systems and of corresponding labels. Our results show that consumers have rather low knowledge about aquaculture. Nonetheless, they had precise expectations of sustainable aquaculture. Production systems should be as natural as possible and should respect animal welfare issues, the use of medicine should be minimized. Participants seemed to deduct their perceptions and attitudes towards aquaculture from agricultural production systems. © 2014, OGA-Osterreichische Gesellschaft fur Agrarokonomie. All rights reserved. Source

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