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Thursday, September 15, 2005


Farmer Giles

If 75% of agricultural land area in Europe is owned by either big
business or rich people, and you have a subsidy system geared around
payment per hectare, then of course you'll be paying money to the
"haves". However, if you don't pay that money out (with all the strings
attached), then you won't be able to dictate what the countryside looks
like, and commercial farming and local food production will surely die
quite quickly. Then, watch for the squealing if we have a world
mega-crisis and, because we're heavily reliant on imported food,
millions of Europeans die of starvation.


Farmer Giles,
What's a "world mega-crisis" exactly?
I understand you're talking about the danger of dependency and the necessity of self reliance, but it's the 21st century, we trade on a global level in all sorts of goods, knowledge, information,services. firstly it's very likely that more than one producer will be available should a crisis affect the production of another. secondly, oil will be the problem, not food if a mega crisis comes to town.
The end of the CAP only means the death of big european agrofood businesses,local farmers will probably remain, and may even fill a currently developping niche market, since the demand for locally grown organic food is currently developping.

Edward Hugh

"However, if you don't pay that money out (with all the strings
attached), then you won't be able to dictate what the countryside looks

Well the evidence seems to be that the CAP is working against the environment. Hansen asserts this and Mark Shucksmith, professor of planning at Newcastle University, and funded by European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) - reported on at afoe here - held a similar view:

The principal conclusion from this ESPON project is that in aggregate the CAP works against ESDP objectives of balanced territorial development, and does not support the EU objectives of economic and social cohesion.

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