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Green farming agenda faces EU budget axe
EurActiv ^ | 20 November 2012 | Timothy Spence

Posted on 11/20/2012 10:28:39 PM PST by Olog-hai

Some EU national governments and lawmakers are pushing to weaken proposals intended to create natural defenses against pesticides and fertilizers in crop fields. But they should reconsider their opposition to buffer strips and other natural areas, green advocates say. …

EU leaders gathering this week in Brussels are to discuss financing for what has traditionally been Europe’s largest single program, amid growing calls for putting the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on a diet. Meanwhile, the agricultural ministerial council is scheduled to consider CAP reform on 17-18 December.

It is almost certain that the CAP’s “greening” proposals will be weakened, with leading MEPs and national agricultural ministers holding out for greater flexibility.

With the economic crisis biting, there is more focus on boosting farm production to create jobs, and to address concerns about tighter food supplies and higher prices driven by recent droughts in southern Europe, the American breadbasket and Sub-Saharan Africa. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: euagriculture; eurobanking; eussr

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