Members of the European Parliament today voted to continue the process of ‘greening’ European agriculture.
However the changes don’t go far enough, says Friends of the Earth Europe which is calling for much stronger measures to protect the environment and the majority of small farmers.
The vote on the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) comes on a wave of growing public opposition to industrial farming and its increasingly harmful impacts on the countryside and consumers.
Widespread and growing opposition to industrial farming culminated in a protest by farming and environment groups outside the Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday. 
Stanka Becheva, food and agriculture campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, said: "The European Parliament has voted to keep the greening of European farming just about alive. This is a strong signal to national governments that people do not want their taxes spent on propping up an industrial farming system that is destroying the environment, causing endless food scandals and ruining the livelihoods of small farmers.
“Tens of thousands of Europeans have been calling for a farming revolution and the movement against industrial agriculture and factory farms won’t stop here. Politicians must listen to citizens instead of big business and produce a truly green farming policy for Europe.”
Assessing the CAP reforms voted today, Friends of the Earth Europe concludes:
This position agreed today will now serve as a negotiating text for the European Parliament to debate with Member States and the European Commission before the three institutions agree on the final reform package around the middle of the year. The new policy is expected to be implemented at the beginning of 2014.
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 Civil society gather in Strasbourg ahead of EU Parliament’s final CAP vote – information and images at: http://www.goodfoodgoodfarming.eu/press/press-releases.html
Thousands of people sent messages to politicians calling for greener and fairer farming as part of the ‘Good Food Good Farming’ campaign: http://www.goodfoodgoodfarming.eu