Statement of the Bavarian Farmers' Association: animals are kept on 75% of the farms.

Myth: Bavarian agriculture is only economical with animal husbandry.

The statement of the Bavarian Farmers' Association aims to show that farmers are economically dependent on animal husbandry. In fact, livestock is held on about 75% of farms ([3], p.12). In addition, 2% of Bavarian farms run aquaculture where fish and crustaceans are bred ([30], p.8). 47% of the gross production value is generated with animals ([2], p.3). A change to a plant-based nutrition system is therefore associated with considerable changes.

On the other hand, Bavarian agriculture is heavily subsidized and cannot survive in this form without subsidies. The gross value added of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in Bavaria totals 5.5 billion euros. The financial contributions made by the EU, the Federal Government and Bavaria account for 3.7 billion euros, i.e. more than two thirds ([2], p.3, p.16). Only slightly more than a third (38%) are full-time farms and thus serve as a primary source of income. The majority of the approx. 105,000 farms are part-time farms (62%), which are run by the owners on a part-time basis ([2], p.4). In Bavaria, only 2% of the workforce is employed in agriculture [26]. Converted, each full-time worker in agriculture is subsidized with 30 thousand EUR per year.

A conversion of the animal-based Bavarian agriculture to a subsidy-minimized, plant-based agriculture using one-time subsidies is therefore economically and commercially desirable.