Agriculture Atlas 2019

Agriculture Atlas 2019

Europe needs a new political majority for a fundamental reform of the EU’s damaging and inequitable farming subsidies to stand a chance of saving nature, preventing the worst effects of climate change and reviving small farms and our rural regions. A radical change in the Common Agriculture Policy is crucial to fulfil EU Paris climate commitments, prevent the dangerous consequences of environmental degradation and revive rural life in Europe!

The atlas shows how closely Europe's agriculture is intertwined with our lives and our living spaces. It also reveals how little of the funding of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is fir for purpose. 

EU/INTRODUCTION - Hitting Targets, Missing Goals

Introduction

The Common Agricultural Policy is one of the EU’s oldest policies. Despite its extensive funds and regular reforms every seven years, it is poorly attuned to the needs of Europe’s hugely diverse farm sector. Goals to minimize and adapt to climate change, protect the environment and promote rural development are poorly served.  

By Christine Chemnitz, Christian Rehmer
No other part of the economy is so deeply influenced by European Union rules than farming, which is subject to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Agriculture Atlas 2019 - Facts and Figures on EU Farming Policy

Press release

Europe needs a new political majority for a fundamental reform of the EU’s damaging and inequitable farming subsidies to stand a chance of saving nature, preventing the worst effects of climate change and reviving small farms and our rural regions. 

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In Poland the income disparities between farmers increased significantly.
One by one, Germany's farms are dying off.

EU/BIODIVERSITY - Intensification vs Conservation

Article

People often say that there are fewer birds and insects now than there used to be. That is true, and intensive agriculture is largely to blame. Despite some lip service paid to the necessity of nature conservation, the overwhelming weight of European agricultural policy is to promote yet more intensification. 

By Harriet Bradley

EU/ORGANIC FARMING - Working with Nature

Article

Rising demand for organic products in Europe is a market opportunity for producers and the food industry. But farmers need help to switch from conventional to organic, and to stay organic in face of market pressures inducing them to switch back. The Common Agricultural Policy offers some support – but not enough. 

By Rebekka Frick , Matthias Stolze , Helga Willer

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