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Farm land prices throughout Europe have increased massively in the last two decades. The most dramatic increase has been in the UK where the price of a hectare of farmland has increased threefold in the last ten years. Critics of the EU’s agricultural and rural policies tend to argue that the cause of this is […]

End of the bad old CAP?

The end of what might be described as the bad old common agricultural policy based on expensively rigged markets was recently marked by what should be the final removal of export subsidies on agricultural commodities. For over fifty years these subsidies have been a major mechanism for maintaining high farm prices in the European Union. […]

The European Parliament’s somewhat frenzied concern about the possible indirect land use change (ILUC) resulting from EU biofuel policies is a splendid example of the phenomenon of unintended consequences. While acting on the basis of some pretty questionable science, the MEPs are constructing a new form of protectionism which is likely to damage the interests […]

An endless refrain of British Governments over the decades has been the need to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, usually delivered above a continuo of the need to make economies in the running of the European Union. It would be logical to deduce therefore that whenever the opportunity to improve the efficiency and the economic […]

While the EU’s future common agricultural policy is taking shape in Brussels, it’s not just there that major agri-business interests are flexing their muscles to take the ‘green-ness’ out of EU agricultural spending. Interview with Estonian EU funds campaigner Triinu Vaab, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog As negotiations on the EU budget for 2014-2020 grind […]

Nutrition for Growth

As leaders of the G8 nations prepare to meet in London for their annual summit, a high-level meeting on Nutrition will be co-hosted by the UK, the Government of Brazil and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. This summit, which kicks-off on Saturday 8th, will bring together business leaders, scientists, governments and civil society to make […]

Sindicalistii germani considera ca romanii si bulgarii care lucreaza in industria agroalimentara germana au fost redusi la conditia de sclavi industriali. Revista franceza Nouvel Observateur a publicat acum cateva luni un articol foarte critic despre dumping-ul social practicat de firme daneze si olandeze care opereaza in regiunea Bremen din Germania. Pana de curand, Germania […]

Whatever dreams environmentalists may have of a world fed by a chemical-free organic agriculture, the hard reality is likely to be something very different. Laudable though the green farming paradigm may be, it is certain that a largely increased and more prosperous world population will only be fed by increased agricultural output. Such increase can […]

The proposal to address the issue of indirect land use change (ILUC) in European biofuel policy has advanced in the European Parliament, as MEP Corinne Lepage of France released her draft report in the Environment Committee. ILUC refers to unintended consequences of making biofuels—for example, if a policy preference for corn ethanol creates incentives for farmers to […]

This month, a WFP-EU photo exhibition on ‘Building Resilience’ is on show at Dublin Airport. The focus of this exhibition is the link between climate change, nutrition and hunger. These photos tell the stories of the challenges faced by some of the world’s most vulnerable people as they struggle to feed their families while adapting […]

Les plus démunis risquent de devoir se restreindre encore plus alors qu’ils n’ont pas grand-chose ! Est-ce possible ? Réunis en sommet vendredi 8 février, les dirigeants de l’Union ont voté une diminution draconienne de l’aide alimentaire européenne pour la période 2014-2020. La politique d’austérité qu’ils infligent au budget européen une baisse historique de 3% entraîne dans […]

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