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Auditors deal setback to EU agricultural reform

Auditors deal setback to EU agricultural reform | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The European Court of Auditors today (17 April) dealt a blow to the European Commission’s overhaul of agricultural policies, saying in an opinion that the proposals are “too complex” and expose the EU to possible abuse in its direct payments scheme.
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Soaring Oil and Food Prices Threaten Affordable Food Supply

"The current global food system is highly fuel- and transport-dependent. Fuels will almost certainly become less affordable in the near and medium term, making the current, highly fuel-dependent agricultural production system less secure and food less affordable. It is therefore necessary to promote food self-sufficiency and reduce the need for fuel inputs to the food system at all levels."

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George Monbiot on the EU's farming policy reform: Big Farmer

George Monbiot on the EU's farming policy reform: Big Farmer | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The poorest taxpayers are subsidising the richest people in Europe: and this spending will remain uncut until at least 2020."

 

George Monbiot's radical attack on the EU's proposals for reform of its Common Agricultural Policy. I only agree partially with George's critique. While financial help should be seriously capped, if not abolished, for these "big farmers", the EU needs a common farming and environment policy. In an age of increasing resource constraints and globalisation in reverse, we will need more farmers in the future, not less.

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OECD review of EU farming reform remains blind to key sustainability challenges

OECD review of EU farming reform remains blind to key sustainability challenges | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"As is to be expected from the OECD, the report frames its evaluation within the neoliberal free-market narrative of future farming. It recommends further market access, innovation, risk management and improved “environmental performance”, but gives little or no attention to the big energy and sustainability challenges facing the future of food and farming, not just in Europe, but the world as a whole."

 My latest op-ed for the Greening Europe Forum

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Why Agriculture Needs to Catch Up on Climate Change Action

Why Agriculture Needs to Catch Up on Climate Change Action | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Agriculture is one of the first sectors that will be seriously affected by climate change, yet the sector is far behind in quantifying and reducing its carbon footprint.

 

Good article from GreenBiz.com.

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FAO report: "Energy-smart" agriculture needed to escape fossil fuel trap

FAO report:  "Energy-smart" agriculture needed to escape fossil fuel trap | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

High and fluctuating prices of fossil fuels and doubts regarding their future availability mean that agri-food systems need to shift to an "energy-smart" model, according to the report Energy-Smart Food for People and Climate.

 

Mandatory reading for all policymakers involved in the debate on the European Common Agricultural Policy reform.

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EU agricultural policy: Responding to the crisis?

EU agricultural policy: Responding to the crisis? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

From VoxEU: "As Europe battles a life-threatening crisis, the European Commission has found time to discuss the much-maligned Common Agricultural Policy. This column, by the former OECD Director for Trade and Agriculture, argues that far from seizing the opportunity to use CAP to benefit fiscal discipline, policymakers are maintaining an outdated and inefficient system for the financial benefit of farmers."


Another very critical assessment of the EU's new CAP reform proposals. Interesting but misses the CAP weaknesses in terms of responding to the "perfect storm" of climate change, water and energy scarcity, peak phosporus and other sustainability challenges.

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EU CAP review: vestiges of the past instead of signpost to the future

EU CAP review: vestiges of the past instead of signpost to the future | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"this new “modernisation” of the CAP is continuing business as usual, with a bit of “greening” and a few technical improvements and simplifications here and there, but it does next to nothing to address the major ecological and energetic challenges facing our global and European food production system."

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