Europe and Central Asia

Advocating for sustainable agriculture

Europe’s food and farming system is broken!

The policy that mainly determines the food and farming system in Europe is the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  When it was first introduced back in 1962, it played a pivotal role in ensuring food security for post-war Europe, but it has since become outdated. 
Today, it is both too expensive (almost 60 billion per year) and environmentally damaging, with intensive agricultural practices contributing to climate change, biodiversity loss, soil erosion and water pollution.
Farmland covers 45% of the EU’s land area and these habitats are rocketing towards biodiversity oblivion. Populations of farmland birds are in freefall, down a staggering 55% in the last three decades. We are now at the lowest point since records began and farmland birds are one of the most threatened bird groups in Europe.
On 2nd May 2017 a clear and strong message reached the European Commission: the EU’s agricultural policy needs to be radically changed. This is what 258,708 citizens and 600 civil society organisations and businesses told the Commission in the largest EU public consultation on agricultural policy. Read more in our press release from 2 May 2017

Agriculture section

Agriculture and Biodiversity in the EU

The Common Agriculture Policy

Rural Development

High Nature Value Farming

PEGASUS: Transforming Approaches To Rural Land Management

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