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The rash of recent reports highlighting the issues of European farming and the environment, European farming and climate change and the pressure of population and urban growth on farmed land all concentrate attention on the basic dilemma of European agriculture policy development. The challenge can be reduced to one question: how to get more for… » read more

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Moves from various pressure groups and vegetarian celebs to promote reduced meat consumption as one means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions raises a number of important questions. Many sceptics would put such action in the category of futile gestures. Scientific evidence would suggest that a universal ‘meatless Monday’ would make only a minimal difference to… » read more

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European farm ministers this week faced up to one of the most insoluble problems in agricultural economics: how do large numbers of small producers sell to a few large buyers without being ripped off? The major item on the agenda of this week’s Agriculture Council was an examination of the European Union’s food delivery chain… » read more

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The European Union’s radical post- 2003 farm income support system was designed to have a twofold purpose: the protection of farm incomes and protection of the natural environment. What many expert analysts have long suspected, that it is failing in this second objective, is now becoming abundantly clear. Put simply, it was intended that if… » read more

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Recent turbulence in world food markets, the threat of climate change and concern about the vulnerability of too many poorer countries to food shortage has produced a plethora of ideas to increase national, EU and world food security. Needless to say, there are fundamental differences, particularly in the EU, on how such improvement should be… » read more

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