Proposed reforms to the future of farming in Europe, announced today, are insufficient to protect the environment and the majority of farmers, according to Friends of the Earth Europe .
Stanka Becheva, Friends of the Earth Europe food campaigner said: "Agriculture in Europe is in a mess – with wildlife and farmers disappearing at an unprecedented rate. The Commission's proposals include well-meaning initiatives, but they're simply not enough to address these problems, and the overall package is weak. Securing a viable future where farmers get a fair deal and our natural resources are protected is urgent and essential.
"Some of the simplest of measures are missing – ensuring arable farmers rotate crops on their fields with nitrogen-rich legumes would reduce our dependency on rainforest-damaging soy animal feeds. Its omission shows the influence of agri-business, pushing intensively-farmed monocultures at the expense of fairer and greener farming."
Weaknesses in the Commission proposal:
Cows dressed as explorers and detectives searched the Berlaymont for signs of the 'green' CAP this morning. Images available.
 Friends of the Earth Europe's briefing on the CAP, 'Public money for public goods' is available here: