The challenges facing the CAP

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Dr Oliver Moore and Professor Michael Dower. Can rural areas step up to help with Europe’s refugee crisis? What is the rural response to climate change? And what are the core issues of inequality between rural and urban regions in the EU? These and other core issues will be examined in the Austrian town of… » read more

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Although the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is often cited as a major disadvantage for Britain in the EU, there has been no serious attempt to explain what an alternative, independent British agricultural policy would look like if the UK left the EU following a referendum. We need to explore two scenarios: a) Brexit that keeps… » read more

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Smart machines and data-driven farm management systems come with the huge promise of making agriculture more productive and sustainable while helping farmers to save time and money. But the European Commission needs to step up its efforts to turn this smart farming opportunity into a success for farmers at all scales, writes Ulrich Adam Ulrich… » read more

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Industrial agriculture has a massive problem. Never before has so much food been produced. Yet despite this, there are more than 800 million people who are malnourished and the basic resources for our food like soil, water and biodiversity are increasingly lost. Monocultures and factory farming adorn our countryside, needing permanent intensive care with all… » read more

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