One of Europe’s major economic events, and one of the world’s biggest farm shows, the 70th. Berlin agricultural exhibition, has opened to the publicwith over 1600 exhibitors from 55 countries.Green Week as it is called seeks to provide a forum for direct dialogue between producers and consumers, and runs until the end of January. German Agriculture Minister Renate Kuenast came along to admire the stars of the show, prize potatoes and the Asian buffalo, which is becoming the new must-have cattle of choice for some farmers, appreciated for its low-cholesterol meat and fat-rich but more digestible milk. Once again the European Commission is participating, promoting policy and best practice, and Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel outlined her vision and ambitions for the sector, the incoming Commissioner taking over from Franz Fischler. As she was in Berlin, she also popped in to the German Parliament to keep members informed about her office’s latest decisions and invite their comments.