A CAP that better serves the public and the environment
Agricultural support should focus not on maintaining farmers’ incomes but on helping us respond to climate change.
Appeared in print on 12.11.2009
Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is notorious for the clashes it provokes among member states. Northern countries believe market forces should play a greater role and want to shrink a CAP that still absorbs more than 40% of the EU’s budget. Southern countries tend to prefer stronger policy intervention to maintain production and raise farm incomes. And east Europeans seek a more equal distribution of subsidies.