European Greens and European Farmers Coordination present plans for new Common Agricultural Policy
The green parliamentary group presented their ten-point plan based on conclusions draw from the BSE crises on 7 February. The Green/EFA Group called for a fundamental reorientation of the distribution of EU agricultural subsidies in the direction of a more environmentally friendly (organic farming) and consumer oriented agricultural production. Transparency of food production will play a major roll in this redirection.
Friedrich-Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf, President of the Committee for Agriculture of the EP stated that the recent BSE crises, dioxin scandal and the use of hormones and antibiotics in livestock has brought to light that an agriculture policy based on increasing production must end as soon as possible. More emphasis should be put of the quality of food production rather than the quantity.
In the same line as the Greens/EFA Group, the European Farmer's Coordination (CPE) has called upon the Commission to begin CAP reform preparations as soon as possible in order to stop industrial stock farming, over-production and the rapid disappearance of small farms. The CPE will be organising a conference on 12 and 13 March in Brussels looking into CAP reform.