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 Environment and Food.
The Ministry takes care of the frameworks for the development of agriculture, fisheries and agrifish 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, the environment and our drinking water.
Nature is the focal point for all activities of the Ministry of Environment and Food. First of all, Nature is the basis for life and food production; but Nature also offers a great variety of leisure activities. Therefore the Ministry strives to protect forests, lakes, coastlines and open landscapes and ensures opportunities for the public to experience and have leisure activities in Nature around the country.
At the same time the Ministry works to ensure that our food is safe and healthy; that we are protected against unnecessary chemical products in our clothing, toys, soap, houses etc.; and that environmental pollutions that may have an influence in our everyday life are dealt with.
Approximately 5,000 employees placed around the country take care of the various tasks of the Ministry, which is organized in six main institutions.
The Ministry of Environment and Food 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.
The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark is a young ministry, 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.