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. 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.

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.

77 %

of habitat types are in unfavourable conservation status

60%

of protected species are in unfavourable conservation status

Farming

Report on Last Chance CAP
20 September, 2018
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Letter to Commissioner Hogan on EU Protein Plan
29 May, 2018
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Letter to Directors General on leaked CAP proposals
8 May, 2018
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Letter to Oettinger on allocation of funds for environmental and climate action in future CAP
16 April, 2018
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Letter to EU institutions on animal farming
26 March, 2018
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Letter to Bulgarian Presidency requesting meeting ahead of 19 February 2018 Agriculture Council
14 February, 2018
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Letter to EU agriculture ministers ahead of 19 February 2018 Agriculture Council
14 February, 2018
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Report on CAP Fitness Check assessment - GERMAN
1 February, 2018
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Letter to MEPS on forthcoming trilogues on the Fertilisers Regulation review
24 January, 2018
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Briefing on CAP Fitness Check assessment - GERMAN
30 November, 2017
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Briefing on CAP Fitness Check assessment - SPANISH
30 November, 2017
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Presentation on CAP Fitness Check assessment
30 November, 2017
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Briefing on CAP Fitness Check assessment - FRENCH
30 November, 2017
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Report on CAP Fitness Check assessment
21 November, 2017
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Briefing on CAP Fitness Check assessment - ENGLISH
21 November, 2017
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Briefing on cadmium: the toxic carcinogen on your plate
16 November, 2017
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Briefing on cadmium: the toxic carcinogen on your plate
9 October, 2017
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Position Paper on the CAP
4 September, 2017
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Report on Who will fix the broken CAP? conference
20 July, 2017
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References for factsheet on nitrogen
13 July, 2017
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