19 March 2018

Farm ministers in tangle over direct payments as EU financial watchdog issues ‘business as usual’ warning on future of farm policy

A new report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) has branded the changes suggested in the Commission’s plans for an overhaul of the Common Agricultural […]
8 March 2018

Ministers’ farm fantasy risks decreasing CAP legitimacy further

Ahead of a meeting of EU farm ministers on 19 March, the EEB has criticised them for putting together draft conclusions that are based entirely on […]
17 January 2018

MEPs back reining in methane emissions

Sustainable farming across Europe is only possible if emissions of methane – a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming – are tackled alongside carbon dioxide […]
12 December 2017

EU body calls farm policy’s green credentials into question

The last attempt to ‘green’ EU farm policy did not lead to any significant increase in environmentally-sound farming practices – despite European governments spending a huge […]
7 December 2017

Curtailing methane emissions long overdue, say MEPs

Methane is 86 times worse for global warming than carbon dioxide. And today MEPs on Parliament’s Environment and Industry committees have called on the Commission to […]
29 November 2017

Nice try – but Hogan’s direction of travel not on course to sustainable farming

While Commissioner Phil Hogan’s new results-based plan for the future of EU farm policy – presented today in Brussels – sounds attractive, it remains to be […]
23 November 2017

CAP & Biodiversity: the best of enemies? 28 November 2017, European Parliament

21 November 2017

Not fit for purpose – NGOs present Fitness Check of the Common Agricultural Policy

The results of a new study show that the current CAP, accounting for almost 40% of the EU budget (almost 60 billion EUR per year), is […]
24 October 2017

MEPs vote to rein in toxic fertilisers

Years of use of mineral fertilisers rich in cadmium – a dangerous carcinogen – has polluted soil and the crops that grow our food, leading to […]
11 October 2017

Farming contributes to deadly levels of air pollution, new report

400,000 Europeans die every year as a result of air pollution from several sources – including from agriculture. That’s the main finding from a new European […]
26 September 2017

‘Extinction’ Conference to turn spotlight on livestock industry’s role in species loss

If any European politicians or diplomats working in Brussels need a visual reminder of what a mass extinction event looks like they don’t need to travel […]
6 September 2017

Bold overhaul of EU farm policy now on the cards

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has played a major role in the development of a socially, economically, and environmentally disruptive model of farming in Europe. Ahead […]