Objects and history
Supporting sustainable and innovative food production and exports, taking care of Nature and the environment, and consumer protection and information are core concerns of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.
The Ministry takes care of the frameworks for the development of agriculture and agricultural industries. The Ministry facilitates the development of sustainable and resource-efficient solutions and contributes to the development of industrial growth and workplaces in Denmark, while simultaneously minding Nature and the environment.
Nature is the focal point for all activities of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries as - first of all - Nature is the basis for life and food production.
At the same time the Ministry works to ensure that our food is safe and healthy; that we are protected against unnecessary chemicals, that we focus animal welfare and that environmental pollutions that may have an influence in our everyday life are dealt with.
Approximately 3000 employees placed around the country take care of the various tasks of the Ministry, which is organized in three main institutions.
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries collaborates with a lot of partners, nationally and internationally.
Domestically, the Ministry has close collaboration with a number of industry associations and interest groups, research institutions and public authorities.
At European level, collaboration with EU institutions, colleagues and authorities in other EU member states has top priority, and internationally the Ministry puts effort into cooperation with the OECD, the WTO and FAO.
On 19th of November 2020, it was decided that the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark was divided into two: the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.
The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark was established when the Government of Lars Løkke Rasmussen took office 28 June 2015, and was created by merging the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries with the Ministry of Environment.
The Ministry of Environment was set up in 1971 and until 1973 named the Ministry for Pollution Control.
The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries has roots back to the Ministry of Agriculture set up in 1896. Later, the Agricultural Ministry was merged with the Ministry of Fisheries and eventually, in 1997, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries was created through further structural changes.