Biodiversity & nature
For sustainable farming and food production in the EU
Agriculture and environmental protection are two sides of the same coin. Without healthy soil, a variety of plants and species, and an abundant supply of clean water, our capacity to produce food is severely undermined. Much of Europe’s countryside has been shaped by farming and indeed some practices are vital for maintaining biodiversity, but for the most part mainstream agricultural practices are damaging our precious countryside and damaging natural resources.
Agriculture’s devastating impact on European natural capital is well documented: a IUCN report on the state of bees in Europe reports that heavy farming practices are one of the main reasons for the decline in bee species, and it’s the agricultural sector itself which is hit hardest by this decline in pollination services from bees. The latest State of Nature report from the European Environment Agency found that farming has a severe impact on our natural resources and the mid-term review of the EU biodiversity strategy pointed out that agriculture remains the main driver of biodiversity loss in Europe.
Unsustainable farming contributes to biodiversity decline, water pollution, soil erosion and pollution, climate change and air pollution.
Watch the video below to find out about the truth of the CAP.
- September 21, 2016
- One step closer to much-needed scrutiny of EU farm policy
- September 7, 2016
- Tweaking Rural Development policy will not deliver for environment and countryside – full CAP overhaul needed
- July 14, 2016
- Cosmetic changes won't make CAP greening credible
- September 2, 2016
- Letter to Commissioner Hogan concerning the Cork 2.0: European Conference on Rural Development, 5-6 September