9 March 2020 5:01am CET
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+3600 scientists: The EU Widespread Agricultural Coverage should cease destroying nature
Scientists ship new ten step plan to reform the Widespread Agricultural Coverage to struggle the biodiversity and local weather crises
Scientists from all EU nations and past say that the European Fee’s proposal for the Widespread Agricultural Coverage (CAP) post-2020 have to be ‘drastically improved’ with a view to cease harming the surroundings. They suggest ten pressing actions to reform the CAP for long-term meals safety, biodiversity conservation and local weather mitigation. If adopted, evidence-based, planet-friendly farming would lastly start to reverse the taxpayer-funded destruction of nature.
Over 3600 scientists from 63 nations state that the present CAP is a central driver of the biodiversity and local weather emergencies in addition to failing on socio-economic challenges for rural areas . Presently, the standards to obtain CAP funds are insufficient: the CAP is each unfairly distributed, and funds practices that trigger widespread biodiversity loss, local weather change, and soil and land degradation.
The scientists’ assertion comes at a vital second as the subsequent interval of CAP funding (2021-2030) is negotiated – in parallel to discussions on the post-2020 EU funds, together with how a lot will go to farm subsidies and what situations there might be on funds. Because it stands, the CAP dangers undermining the European Inexperienced Deal.
From multi-functionality to monitoring and enforcement, the scientists’ ten actions could sound like EU coverage jargon to the uninitiated, however these are very important steps to protect nature in Europe. What these scientists have launched is a recipe for the ecological transition of agriculture. To attain this, they are saying that the CAP ought to cease funding damaging practices —instantly ending manufacturing subsidies and phasing out direct funds— and considerably step up help for farmers’ transition to nature-friendly farming. For instance, they name for 10% of farmland space to be dedicated to pure habitats resembling hedgerows, flower strips or fallow land. There also needs to be particular funding allotted to farmers for nature safety actions.
The scientists specific concern that nationwide governments and the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament are diluting the environmental ambitions of the CAP “to defend the pursuits of some on the expense of the various”. At current, the primary issue figuring out how a lot “revenue help” a CAP recipient will get is the scale of their farm: 80% of those funds goes to 20% of farmers. Which means that farmers are caught in a system the place these with essentially the most land obtain a lot of the cash – whatever the environmental high quality of their farming. A latest New York Times investigation has already uncovered how the CAP serves slim, nationwide, oligarchical and agro-industry pursuits, even immediately benefiting Czech Prime Minister, billionaire Andrej Babiš .
Welcoming the scientists’ declaration, Harriet Bradley, EU Agriculture Coverage Officer at Birdlife Europe says:
“This pressing name from 1000’s of scientists is unprecedented and comes at a vital time limit. Nationwide agriculture ministers and plenty of MEPs proceed to disregard the science and are actively weakening the environmental safeguards on farm subsidies when it needs to be the alternative. We should always solely subsidise environmentally pleasant farming. It’s outrageous and unconscionable to make use of public cash for the destruction of nature. Over 3600 scientists rightly level out that the Fee’s CAP proposal is a recipe for catastrophe. The CAP actually wants three key issues to revive nature: devoted house for nature on farms, cash for nature and a simply transition for farmers to environmentally pleasant farming.”
For extra info, please contact:
Harriet Bradley, EU Agriculture Coverage Officer, BirdLife Europe
+32 2238 50 91
 Because it stands, nearly 60 billion euros of EU taxpayer cash is spent yearly on CAP subsidies that largely fund intensive and manufacturing facility farming. The CAP funds accounts for practically 40% of the overall EU funds. The intensive agriculture mannequin it promotes immediately results in biodiversity loss, water and air air pollution, over-extraction of water and contributes to the local weather disaster. Reforming the CAP is pressing: the EU has misplaced 57% of its farmland birds since 1980. Butterflies, bees and flying bugs are additionally in critical decline.
 New York Occasions investigation – The Cash Farmers: How Oligarchs and Populists Milk the E.U. for Hundreds of thousands https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/03/world/europe/eu-farm-subsidy-hungary.html
What is incorrect with the CAP?
Learn the 260-page Fitness Check, indicating each environmental and socioeconomic weaknesses.
Why are the scientists involved about additional watering down?
Learn COMAGRI’s vote of two April 2019 for proposed amendments here, and the preliminary proposal made by the Member States’ Council here.
See an expression of concern by 15 NGOs on the watering down of Conditionality here.
See Open Letter by skilled societies of ornithologists, mammalogists, herpetologists and butterfly consultants here.
Proof-based suggestions made by scientists and different stakeholders in Eire (see CAP4Nature here).
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