The environment in the new CAP

The urgent need for innovation in agriculture, combined with the need for environmental protection, will be the big challenge facing EU policymakers. [Shutterstock]

Greens have strongly criticised the European Commission for what they say is a lack of concern for the environment in its proposals for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy.

The Commission’s proposals on climate change are too weak, environmentalists say, arguing that stronger decision-making powers for EU member states risk sinking environmental objectives.

Five Green MEPs recently wrote an op-ed on EURACTIV.com, saying that new CAP will be worse for the climate and farmers than the current one.

Moreover, a revised General Food law has been in place with an aim to increase transparency, especially regarding the authorisation of pesticides and their environmental impact.

The urgent need for innovation in agriculture, combined with the need for environmental protection, will be the big challenge facing EU policymakers.

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