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(Executive Summary of the conclusions of the European Citizens’ Seminar held in Erfurt, Germany, 28-31 March 2009). This policy is intended to allow the development of socio-economic & environmentally sustainable agricultural systems. This will allow the present generation to meet its needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Labelling could… » read more

At the 2nd Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA 2009) at Biblioteque Solvay, Brussels, Blogactiv spoke to Ariel Brunner. Mr Brunner is Policy Officer for BirdLife International. He spoke to us about the impact on wildlife and birds by agriculture in the context of food security, the theme of the conference. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/FfoKeqPIOvc” width=”320″… » read more

At FFA 2009, at the Biblioteque Solvay in Brussels, Blogactiv interviewed Alexander Sarris. Mr Sarris is Chief Economist of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, based in Rome. He spoke to us about food security, the theme of the conference.

Why scrap the CAP?

A one minute speach from MEP Daniel Hannan in the Parliament. While the harm made to African producers is in the one minute limit, what I miss how unjust and harmful is the CAP to the Central European, competitive agricultural business within the Union. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/rBNyl9YW7eI” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] According to accession treaties, the… » read more

Hungary has had the lowest economic growth among Visegrad and Baltic countries in the past years. The only sector that sees a recovery in this year’s high food prices is the agriculture. The grain producing area has increased by 2% since 2007, but output is up by a staggering 42%. The rise is partly due… » read more

EU agriculture has successfully passed its “health check” which governments had asked for in December 2005 when allotting it the biggest slice of EU budget expenditures 2007-13. Never before since the start of the common agricultural policy has Europe’s agriculture been in such a good shape as today. Forgotten are three decades of milk lakes,… » read more

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