Agriculture

The world’s population is projected to be 9 billion by 2030, and the industrial giants of our food system would have us believe that ever more pesticides, fertilisers and GM crops will be needed to feed everyone. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, these toxic products not only pollute our water and air and exhaust our soils and threaten farmers’ health, they also destroy the very natural resources farmers need to produce safe, healthy, and nutritious food today – and for future generations

Indeed, Europe’s precious natural resources are under serious threat and industrial farming is the main driver of this habitat destruction and nature loss. Intensive farm practices such as over reliance on pesticides are polluting waterways and eroding soil. Overproduction of food, in particular meat, is contributing to climate change and harming public health through air pollution. Nearly 50% of grain produced globally is fed to livestock, while a third of all food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted. Only big agri-business profits from further ramping up production.

It is the whole food system that is broken and the biggest driver behind it is the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). The CAP, in a nutshell, is a big pot money (roughly 38% of the EU budget) and it is making our socio-economic, health and environmental problems worse by fostering unsustainable practices through untargeted annual payments to tfarmers.
While this policy was recently reformed in 2013 so that it would be greener, this so-called reform is only a reform on paper and has not materialised in our fields.

The EEB therefore campaigns for a radical reform of the CAP and related policies that would help farmers reduce their reliance on dangerous pesticides and sustain their yields over time through ecological farm practices which support nature to offer people a sustainable and healthy food and farming system.

We call for the complete abolition of harmful subsidies and work to encourage politicians to support farmers to be more environmentally-friendly by demonstrating that it is possible to feed the world through sustainable agricultural practices that do not damage nature and human health.

With this in mind, the EEB is EU leaders to initiate an ambitious overhaul of EU farm policy to stop rewarding the biggest farms which pollute the most and start supporting farmers only for protecting Europe’s wildlife and the natural resources on which food production depends so heavily, namely soil and water. For the time being citizens are asked to pay three times: for food, CAP subsidies and to repair the damages done to the environment, this can no longer be the case.

Join our Living Land campaign to shape the future or Europe’s agriculture

Make your voice heard in the debate on the future of agriculture by taking part in the European Commission’s public consultation which runs until 2 May 2017.

77 %

of habitat types are in unfavourable conservation status

60%

of protected species are in unfavourable conservation status

Farming

Commission Staff Working Document on Agriculture and Sustainable Water Management in the EU: an EEB & PAN Europe reaction
May 22, 2017
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BirdLife Europe & EEB Briefing - The CAP is no longer fit for purpose
May 11, 2017
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Who will fix the broken CAP - event booklet
May 9, 2017
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Open letter to the European Commission on agri-business mergers
March 27, 2017
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FACTSHEET: From Farm to Fork - Reducing Food Waste
March 9, 2017
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Civil Society Statement on the Reform of European Agricultural Policies Good Food, Good Farming – Now
March 6, 2017
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Open letter to MEPs supporting the EC proposal for a revised Fertilisers Regulation
December 7, 2016
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Ecological Focus Area choices and their potential impacts on biodiversity - Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
November 29, 2016
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Ecological Focus Area choices and their potential impacts on biodiversity - IEEP
November 12, 2016
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Letter to Commissioner Hogan on meat consumption concerns
November 10, 2016
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EEB Greening consultation response
September 21, 2016
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Letter to Commissioner Hogan concerning the Cork 2.0 European Conference on Rural Development
September 2, 2016
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Open letter to French Minister of agriculture Stéphane Lefoll (ENG)
August 31, 2016
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Open letter to French Minister of agriculture Stéphane Lefoll (FR)
August 31, 2016
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UnCAP the Truth - European Parliament - 31.05.16 - Minutes
August 14, 2016
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UNCAP the Truth - Spotlight on EU farm policy
July 14, 2016
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Letter to Juncker and Timmermans - 16 MEPs demand CAP Fitness Check
July 12, 2016
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Policy Briefing - UnCAP the Truth
May 25, 2016
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Letter to Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on climate and agriculture
May 13, 2016
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Letter to EU Agriculture Ministers - pre-Informal Council meeting request on CAP greening
April 5, 2016
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Letter to Jean-Claude Juncker on CAP Fitness Check
March 22, 2016
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Letter to Director General Plewa - Addition to the greening consultation
March 8, 2016
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CAP Greening: A Step Backwards or Forwards for Biodiversity?
November 11, 2015
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CAP Greening - a step backwards or forwards for biodiversity
November 11, 2015
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Letter from NGOs to DG SANTE on sustainable use of pesticides
October 13, 2015
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Conference report - Is the EU on the right path towards long-term food security
September 15, 2015
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Conference report: Is the EU on the right path towards long-term food security?
September 14, 2015
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EEB and Birdlife's Top ingredients for future food security
September 10, 2015
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EEB and Birdlife's Top ingredients for future food security
September 10, 2015
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Approche comparative des mesures grands prédateurs dans le cadre du Développement Rural
July 7, 2015
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Round table: wolves and large predators in the Alps
July 6, 2015
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Methane and NEC Fact Checking
July 2, 2015
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Is the EU on the right path towards long-term food security?
June 30, 2015
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Implementation of Ecological Focus Areas and impacts on biodiversity
June 29, 2015
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EEB Effort Sharing Decision consultation response
June 18, 2015
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EEB LULUCF consultation submission
June 17, 2015
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