Agriculture Atlas 2019

Agriculture Atlas 2019

Europe needs a new political majority for a fundamental reform of the EU’s damaging and inequitable farming subsidies to stand a chance of saving nature, preventing the worst effects of climate change and reviving small farms and our rural regions. A radical change in the Common Agriculture Policy is crucial to fulfil EU Paris climate commitments, prevent the dangerous consequences of environmental degradation and revive rural life in Europe!

The atlas shows how closely Europe's agriculture is intertwined with our lives and our living spaces. It also reveals how little of the funding of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is fir for purpose. 

No other part of the economy is so deeply influenced by European Union rules than farming, which is subject to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

EU/INTRODUCTION - Hitting Targets, Missing Goals


The Common Agricultural Policy is one of the EU’s oldest policies. Despite its extensive funds and regular reforms every seven years, it is poorly attuned to the needs of Europe’s hugely diverse farm sector. Goals to minimize and adapt to climate change, protect the environment and promote rural development are poorly served.  

EU/FARMS - Growing Up


Like all industries, agriculture is subject to economies of scale. But larger farms have a smaller workforce and can be a bigger burden on the environment if they employ industrial methods, compared to the low-input systems that have traditionally dominated rural landscapes. It is time to shift policies towards preserving jobs and communities, being kinder on the environment, and encouraging young people to take up the farming profession. 

EU /WORLD TRADE - A Global Price Tag for Europe's Agrifood sector


Europe’s agriculture is part of many international value chains. It influences global commodity markets and thus the prices, products, income and diets in developing countries. Disagreement exists as to whether the area payments have a negative effect on developing countries.

EU/BIODIVERSITY - Intensification vs Conservation


People often say that there are fewer birds and insects now than there used to be. That is true, and intensive agriculture is largely to blame. Despite some lip service paid to the necessity of nature conservation, the overwhelming weight of European agricultural policy is to promote yet more intensification. 

EU/ORGANIC FARMING - Working with Nature


Rising demand for organic products in Europe is a market opportunity for producers and the food industry. But farmers need help to switch from conventional to organic, and to stay organic in face of market pressures inducing them to switch back. The Common Agricultural Policy offers some support – but not enough. 

According to the European Environmental Agency, agriculture is the biggest threat to biodiversity


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