A new food and agriculture policy for the European Union - position paper on the 2013 review of the CAP

3 March 2013

Between now and the end of 2013, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will undergo a major reform. This means that on the 1st of January 2014, a new agriculture policy for the European Union with a new budget will enter into force.

In this paper, Friends of the Earth Europe provides a summary analysis of what has gone wrong under the CAP, and highlights the negative impacts of the European food and farming system both in Europe and elsewhere. We then propose principles for a new Common Food and Agriculture Policy in the EU within the framework of food sovereignty and suggest objectives and a process to reach a new policy.