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In the previous newsletter we wrote about the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). We have been asked to explain why we are so sceptical. An article by Hannes Lorenzen, chair of ARC2020, puts it better than we can. For years the ARC group, which is an independent non-profit NGO, has been advocating for a CAP based on better farming, food, rural and environmental policies for Europe and the whole world.
For the full picture see the original text; here we reproduce only the part that describes the situation that would be created by this CAP in 2027.
Brussels, January 2027
Finally, the breakthrough has been achieved! The EU has achieved the agricultural turnaround – radical and uncompromising. The realisation came late, but just in time.
With the Green Deal, the Farm to Fork programme and the ambitious biodiversity strategy, the European Commission had responded to strong public pressure at the end of 2020, but failed one last time due to the blockade of the Council of Agriculture Ministers and the European Parliament. The agro-industrial lobby defended the per hectare payments, which were completely unsuitable for agricultural policy, and had prevented both social and ecological conditions for direct payments.
Only a few years later drastic corrections became inevitable. The Covid crisis, extreme weather with catastrophic floods in the south of the EU, and prolonged droughts and crop failures in northern Europe had led to further increasing protests, including by farmers. This forced the Member States to reorient their strategic plans for all agricultural and forestry production and gradually to implement regenerative and socio-ecological principles in their regulations and make them a condition for public support.
The European Commission delivered astonishingly consistent directives and regulations to this end. During the long-lasting Covid crisis the central processing and supply structures had proven to be unsuitable, and food insecure. In response, the Commission turned off direct payments for land speculators, major investors and agro-industrialists. Small-scale structured farming and solidarity-based agriculture with local and regional supply structures was declared a maxim.
A new European spirit of cohesion
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