Jack Thurston - Farmsubsidy


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Jack Thurston - Farmsubsidy

  1. 1. farmsubsidy.org: Who gets what from the Common Agricultural Policy? 16 March 2009 Jack Thurston Co-founder
  2. 2. If citizens knew how the EU spends €55 billion a year on farm subsidies... Would they approve?
  3. 3. Our method Freedom of Vigorous debate information = + + Better policy Investigative reporting
  4. 4. 6 | | BUSINESS Business & Media | 21.05.06 CASH COWS WHAT IT COSTS THE TAXPAYER TO DESTABILISE DAIRY MARKETS British export subsidies, by Export subsidy granted, by company, 2004 and 2005 destination country, 2004 and 2005 Fayrefield £22,149,818 Foods* Philpot Dairy £21,957,002 Products Dale SAUDI £19,391,504 Farm* ARABIA £2,147,003 INDIA Nestle £1,244,914 £7,442,672 UK JA N APAN UAE BANGLADESH £ 44,2 £1,24 273 ALGERIA £6,016,605 £3,479,499 £9,413,948 TMC Dairies £6,421,069 EGYP YPT (NI) MEXICO £3,03 340 ,031,340 £7,714,200 PH IPPINE PHILIP NES £1,7 ,901 ,708,9 JAMAICA JA AICA OMA OMAN Hoogwegt £2,296,9 7 £2 296,987 £6,016,872 £4,660,97 ,660,973 International SUDAN THAILA D HAILAND IVORY COAST IVO £3,906,970 £6 06,805 £6,706,80 £5,722,515 722,515 VENEZUELA Lakeland Dairies £4,863,754 £2,274,752 (NI) NIGERIA IND INDONESIA ESIA £11,782,308 £2,94 8 £2,947,118 Eilers & Wheeler £4,009,257 Sales Meadow £3,335,750 Foods F Uhrenholt KEY £3,084,188 Dairy *includes subsidiaries £1 to £4m £4 to £7m £7m+ £0m 5 10 15 20 GRAPHIC: CATH LEVETT PHOTOGRAPH: ALAMY SOURCE: FARMSUBSIDY.COM Who’s creaming off EU subsidies? Exports of cheap European dairy products are crushing the livelihoods of developing world farmers, writes Heather Stewart B ritish-based exporters, including cow is one of the most reliable ways of on behalf of the EU, said Britain would known as the EU ‘butter mountain’ Peter Mandelson Nestle and Dairy Crest, have lifting yourself out of poverty,’ says like to see them abolished. (‘wine lakes’ were another manifestation agreed to Europe claimed £126m of taxpayers’ Thurston, who is trying to compile a ‘We would prefer that export refunds of the same problem). But after a barrage giving up export money over the past two years for Europe-wide directory of how Cap disappeared as soon as possible; but as of criticism of this very visible waste, subsidies by sending surplus butter and milk powder to subsidies are spent. long as they are there, British farmers are Brussels switched its attention – and its 2013. Critics say poor countries such as Nigeria and Sheila Page of the Overseas Develop- entitled to claim them just like all EU cash – towards exporting the products. this is no help to Bangladesh, according to a new report ment Institute says small-scale farmers farmers,’ he said. He added that the gap Since the EU price is so much higher farmers driven obtained exclusively by The Observer. in Bangladesh or Indonesia would prob- between the fixed EU price and the than the world average, farmers are out of business. Export support for British dairy prod- ably not be the beneficiaries if the subsi- world price had narrowed in recent given a refund for each kilogram of but- ucts is only a tiny part of the complex dies were removed; but more efficient years, and argued that the amount spent ter or skimmed-milk powder they €43bn web of farm subsidies that exporters, such as Argentina and Aus- on export refunds had been ‘withering export, so that they can sell at something stretches across the European Union. major destinations for exports are sur- tralia, could win such markets in fair away’. closer to the market price and avoid But by anatomising this one subsidy in prising. British firms were handed (unsubsidised) competition. Britain’s small-scale dairy farmers, making a huge loss on the transaction. detail, the figures provide a startling pic- £11.8m over the two-year period for ‘If they weren’t getting it from the EU, many of whom have been driven out of This year the subsidies are €109 (£73) for ture of how the Common Agricultural sending milk products to Nigeria, for they would be getting it from some- business recently, see little of the benefits every 100kg of butter exported.
  5. 5. 17 per cent of recipients get 85 per cent of the money
  6. 6. European Transparency Initiative
  7. 7. That’s 27 websites! (even though the European Commission possesses all the data itself)
  8. 8. Governments
  9. 9. But when we get good data we can do cool stuff
  10. 10. http://maps.farmsubsidy.org/sweden
  11. 11. Source: Richard Allen, Power of Information Taskforce
  12. 12. User comments, photos, video, custom lists Open API
  13. 13. a plea for data standards
  14. 14. jack@farmsubsidy.org