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 farmers.
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.

In early 2017, the EEB, alongside BirdLife Europe and WWF, launched the Living Land campaign. As part of the campaign, 258,708 citizens agreed with us that Europe’s food and farming system is broken and made their voice heard by taking part in the European Commission’s public consultation on the future of the CAP.

77 %

of habitat types are in unfavourable conservation status

60%

of protected species are in unfavourable conservation status

Farming

Letter to EU Agriculture ministers ahead of 19 February Agriculture Council
February 14, 2018
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Letter to Bulgarian Presidency requesting meeting ahead of 19 February Agriculture Council
February 14, 2018
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Policy Brief: UnCap the Truth
May 25, 2016
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Letter to MEPS on forthcoming trilogues on the Fertilisers Regulation review
January 24, 2018
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Deadline extended to 7 February - An unavoidable step after Paris - cutting emissions from farming TENDER January 2017
January 4, 2018
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Ist die GAP fit für die Zukunft der Landwirtschaft? Zusammenfassung der GAP-Fitness-Check-Studie und Schlussfolgerungen für Entscheidungsträger
November 30, 2017
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¿Funciona la PAC para su propósito? Informe: Evaluación del funcionamiento de la PAC basada en la experiencia y lecciones para la política
November 30, 2017
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Letter to Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on climate and agriculture
May 13, 2016
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PRESENTATION Is the CAP fit for purpose - an evidence-based Fitness Check assessment
November 30, 2017
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La PAC répond-elle à ses objectifs ? Briefing : « Fitness-Check » - Évaluation factuelle de l’aptitude de la politique et enseignements qui s’en dégagent
November 30, 2017
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BRIEFING Is the CAP fit for purpose - an evidence-based Fitness Check assessment
November 21, 2017
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Zusammenfassung Fitness-Check
February 1, 2018
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Is the CAP fit for purpose - an evidence-based Fitness Check assessment EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
November 21, 2017
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Is the CAP fit for purpose - an evidence-based Fitness Check assessment BRIEFING
November 21, 2017
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'Cadmium: The Toxic Carcinogen on Your Plate' November 2017
November 16, 2017
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Cadmium: The Toxic Carcinogen on Your Plate
October 9, 2017
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EEB CAP Position Paper September 2017
September 4, 2017
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Conference Report: Who will fix the broken CAP? 11 May 2017
July 20, 2017
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References - Nitrogen Factsheet
July 13, 2017
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Factsheet: promoting nutrient recovery & reuse: nitrogen pollution & farming
July 13, 2017
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