WE ARE FACING A CRISIS IN FARMING AND NATURE! Today, the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is ...DESTROYING PERPETUATING A MYTH THAT WE NEED TO PRODUCE MOREOUR ENVIRONMENT FOOD IN EUROPE TO FEED THE WORLD PUTTING FARMERS OUT OF BUSINESS € 77% OF EUROPEAN CITIZENS WANT MORE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO CAP PAYMENTS NOW IS THE TIME FOR CHANGE
FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS, CAP HAS HELPED THE COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY ACCELERATE THE ONSET OF CLIMATE CHANGE - THE LARGEST PART OF THE EU BUDGET - AND THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR ENVIRONMENT … People pay for their food up to 3 times... The agri-food industry contributes over Agricultural policy 29% of EU greenhouse gas emissions costs 29% 2 €57.7 IN SUBSIDIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL BILLION A N N UA L LY 1 CLEAN-UP = 3 In rural areas, the populations of about … IN THE € 40% STORE OF THE ENTIRE EU BUDGET 50% of plants 33% of insects 80% of farmland birds … have disappeared. Every Household €227 The average European household contributes € 277 per year or € 1,939 between The water footprint of agricultural products contributes by far the largest fraction of The cost of soil degradation the total water footprint of EU27+1 is estimated at 2007-2013.75% of the agricultural budget is spent on direct subsidies, awarded to farmers Home - 114 liters 3,100L €38 BILLION with very few conditions attached. 25% VOTE FOR A N N UA L LY CHANGEThe remaining 25% of the agricultural budget isspent on conditional and more effective subsidiesfor rural development. Industry - 207 liters Agriculture
EUROPE’S AGRICULTURAL POLICY FOOD SECURITY INSIDE THE EU AND IN THE HAS FAILED TO SUPPORT DEVELOPING WORLD DOES NOT RELY ON CAP ENVIRONMENTALLY-RESPONSIBLE FARMERS Europe’s agricultural policy mostly Annually 90 million tonnes of food, or 179kg per person, or € supports big agri-food industry… € 50% of all edible and healthy food is wasted in EU households, € supermarkets, restaurants and along the food supply chain. € € € 20% € € € € 80% of farm subsidies 90 go to 20% of the 80% beneﬁciaries. 50% MILLION TONNES One farmer goes OUT OF BUSINESS = every minute in Europe. 1min. And food wastage in the EU is expected to grow by 40% by 2020 while 16 million Europeans depend on food aid from charitable institutions 40% GROWTH 3.7Do you know who is being Over the last 10 years, employment 2012 2020paid EU farm subsidies? in farming has dropped by 25% with an overall loss of MILLION JOBS Europe does not have to 10% FEED THE WORLD VOTE FOR It needs to help developing countries become CHANGEOnly 10% of SELF SUFFICIENTbeneﬁciary names are public
HERE’S HOW EUROPE CAN CHANGE THIS DESTRUCTIVE COURSE REJECT ILLEGAL DOUBLE SUBSIDIES, ENSURE ALL FARMERS UNDERTAKE GOOD PROPOSED BY THE AGRI COMMITTEE WHICH FARMING PRACTICES, RESPECTING THE WOULD PAY FARMERS TWICE FOR CARRYING ENVIRONMENT IN RETURN FOR CAP DIRECT OUT THE SAME ACTIVITY: SUBSIDIES (SO-CALLED ‘GREENING’):We urge all Members of The AGRI Committee proposes the same environmental measures The AGRI Committee signiﬁcantly watered down the Commission’sthe European Parliament, to be subsidised twice: under Pillar 2 (Rural Development) and mandatory greening package to a voluntary system where Memberto vote for a true reform of ALSO under Pillar 1 (Direct Payments). Such illegal double funding States can replace the three common farming practices with weaker cannot be defended by the plenary. measures. The AGRI Committee also exempts a large proportion ofthe Common Agricultural farmers from ‘greening’ altogether.Policy (CAP), that stopswasting taxpayers money on REINTRODUCE REQUIREMENTS FOR FARMERS TOa policy that is responsible COMPLY WITH EU LAWS ON THE ENVIRONMENT,for the disappearance of SUPPORT HIGH NATURE VALUE AND ORGANIC FOOD SAFETY, ANIMAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH WHENessential biodiversity from FARMING SYSTEMS: RECEIVING EU SUBSIDIES:our countryside and does The AGRI Committee failed to provide much-needed support for High Around half of these existing requirements have been watered down orlittle for rural employment. Nature Value and organic farming systems. These farmers play a entirely deleted by the AGRI Committee, resulting in a weakening of the crucial part in protecting the natural environment and supporting “cross-compliance” mechanism. The AGRI Committee has also rejected rural economies. Therefore these farmers need a speciﬁc thematic the inclusion of environmental legislation such as the Water Framework sub-programme that brings together support for all rural development and Pesticides Directives, and public health measures such as the ban measures relevant to these farming systems. on hormones. De facto, The AGRI Committee does not want to take subsidies away from farmers when breaking the law. STOP THE CRISIS! START SUPPORTING THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENVIRONMENTALLY-RESPONSIBLE FARMERS.