Friday, September 16, 2011

Greening element in CAP reform increased

The European Commission is proposing to increase the greening element in the CAP reform in relation to Pillar 1 measures: Greening

The proportion of farmland to be placed in ecological measures would be increased from the previously proposed 5 per cent to 7 per cent. Such features include fallow terraces, landscape features, buffer strips and afforested areas.

It is also proposed that farmers should grow a third arable crop covering at least five per cent of their farmed area. This seems to be an intervention in commercial judgments by the farmer which may not bring commensurate environmental benefits despite concerns about monocultures.

Needless to say, farming unions are not happy with these proposals which they are presenting as a threat to food security.

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