The European Commission is currently preparing the reform of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This will decide the future of Europe's food and farming system.
They’ve launched a major online public consultation in which everyone can participate. To facilitate your participation, we invite you to join with the following answers and with the help of our tool. Your name, e-mail address (will remain anonymous) and this answers will be transmitted directly to the European Commission.
Read the questions and our answers on the future of the CAP:
The CAP does not promote sustainable farming, as it is mostly designed to benefit a small number of large intensive farms. It also fails to support the full implementation and enforcement of EU environmental legislation and of legislation on related food and farming issues, such as animal welfare and health.
The current policy (mainly Pillar I subsidies) is a burden to both people and nature; despite its massive budget, it fails to deliver concrete social and environmental benefits across key sectors, e.g. jobs, rural economies, public health, food, climate and biodiversity.
A modernised CAP should facilitate the transition to a sustainable food and farming system, safeguard the environment and deliver real benefits for all people, including farmers. It must end all harmful subsidies and deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including tackling climate change.
CAP Pillar 1 subsidies should be replaced with incentives tied to targeted (and monitored) social and environmental requirements.
I agree with the Living Land vision (www.living-land.org). The EU’s new agricultural policy must be fair, environmentally sustainable, healthy and globally responsible. The policy-making process should be open and transparent, and should involve all relevant authorities and sectors (notably environment, but also climate, development, health, etc.)
Europe’s agricultural system is broken, devastating our climate and environment and failing our rural communities.
Tell the European Commission now to radically reform the EU Agricultural Policy to help our farmers, protect our nature and our own health.
Raise your voice now! Say YES to a living land.