English Blogactiv Posts - EU Blog Platform

Archives for CAP Reform

Sir, Regarding ‘Controversy mounts over EU biofuels fall-out‘: The Standing Committee of the Bern Convention (the Council of Europe Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats), worried that the increase of biofuel cropping systems may lead to cultivation escapes of invasive taxa with subsequent negative effects on native biological diversity, adopted advice… » read more

Cash cow

On his CAP Reform blog Jack Thurston has a story that illustrates one of the many reasons why reforming the EU’s wasteful and protectionist farming policies is so difficult. The post centres on Henrik Høegh, Denmark’s newly appointed Farming Minister,…

Discussions at this week’s meeting of European Union agriculture ministers had an inevitable predictability. The major subject was the farmers’ disadvantaged position in the food marketing chain. Unsurprisingly, the answer to the ‘problem’ of farmers’ perceived inadequate share of the profits of food production and marketing for the majority of the Council is more –… » read more

Confirmed for the FFA2010!

The FFA2010 is proud to announce the confirmation of two exceptional additional speakers. Alexander Sarris, Director of the Trade and Markets Division, of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Josep Puxeu, Secretary General of the Spanish Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, will join us in debates… » read more

This year, the Forum for Agriculture FFA2010 adds another column to its event: the Student Forum. Students from leading schools across Europe are invited to join the FFA2010 with their own panel of renowned experts from the Forum. Pressing issues for the farmers and policy makers of tomorrow include: Farm productivity & competitiveness… Climate change…… » read more

Anyone hoping that the trade ministers meeting in the margins of the Davos World Economic Forum would lead to an early regeneration of the Doha Round of trade talks is likely to be disappointed. While ministers of twenty three of the World Trade Organisation’s member countries did commit themselves to resuming the talks and to… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘MEPs want farm policy to ease climate change‘: The ambition to make the CAP more climate friendly is commendable. The EP draft report, presented by Stéphane Le Foll, has clearly recognised the challenge to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from agriculture and to increase carbon storage in the soil. However, one must not… » read more

Moves from various pressure groups and vegetarian celebs to promote reduced meat consumption as one means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions raises a number of important questions. Many sceptics would put such action in the category of futile gestures. Scientific evidence would suggest that a universal ‘meatless Monday’ would make only a minimal difference to… » read more

European farm ministers this week faced up to one of the most insoluble problems in agricultural economics: how do large numbers of small producers sell to a few large buyers without being ripped off? The major item on the agenda of this week’s Agriculture Council was an examination of the European Union’s food delivery chain… » read more

The following story has been published by EurActiv.com on 23rd November 2009. The European Union should resist the temptation to cut support for its common agricultural policy and instead give farmers the right tools to increase food production in Europe, EU Farm Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel told EurActiv in an interview. “I’m looking to be able… » read more

Since 1992, successive reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have introduced new non-food priorities like environmental protection, development of rural areas, climate change and renewable energy. The European institutions are trying to strengthen rural development policy to respond to these “new challenges” and part ways with the policy of supporting agricultural revenues. And […]

We propose new legislation to ban all patents on living things. This legislation also needs to force industries to inform users, in a transparent way, about the kinds of genetic manipulations which were used. The New Variety Certificates in use today support an unhealthy lack of transparency because they protect inventions and discoveries without the… » read more

En prélevant gratuitement ses ressources phytogénétiques dans les champs des paysans et en confisquant la totalité des semences commercialisables, l’industrie a accumulé une immense dette envers des milliards de paysans. Elle a aussi déclenché une alarmante érosion de la biodiversité. La compensation de cette dette et la réparation de cette atteinte à l’environnement passent par… » read more

In freely acquiring all of its plant genetic resources from the fields of farmers and confiscating all marketable seeds, the industries became greatly indebted to billions of farmers. This process also set in motion an alarming erosion of biodiversity. The repaying of this debt and compensation for this environmental injury should come in the form… » read more

In our last interview from the Future of Agriculture series, we have to Franz Fischler, former European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, and now Chairman of the Rise Foundation, an organisation that supports rural development. The main focus of his position on the future development of the European agricultural sector is on the… » read more

EurActiv Network