Greenpeace protests against negotiations on the EU’s common agricultural policy
Yesterday the European Parliament discusses the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), today fourteen activists from Greenpeace Belgium covered the entry of locals into green water, accusing politicians inside of the greenwashing building.
Most emissions in the EU come from the energy and transport sector, but it is these sectors that will rapidly decarbonize and reduce their emissions. Instead, agricultural emissions and livestock fertilizers, although they only account for around 10% of current emissions, will offset most of the EU’s remaining emissions in 2050.
With the new CAP due to be implemented in 2023, the European Commission said climate targets are clearly included. One of the main goals of the new CAP is to promote nature-based solutions and carbon agriculture: “Removing carbon from the atmosphere will be very important in helping you achieve climate neutrality. It is precisely for this purpose that the European Commission promotes carbon agriculture as a new breed economic model that can create a new source of income for those involved in the bio-economy ”, declared Yvon Slingenberg, director of the DG Climate Action of the European Union. Commission.
One of the most important innovations of the CAP reform will be the national plans, which states are expected to send to the Commission by 2021, seen as having great potential for enabling national authorities to design appropriate incentives for good practices and mitigation technologies.
According to the NGO, the destructive impact of the CAP on nature, the climate and public health remains unchanged. “Politicians will try to sell this agricultural policy as green reform, but it’s nothing but greenwashing. Marco Contiero, Director of Agricultural Policy for Greenpeace EU, told the European Parliament.
The conversations currently underway are mainly about the subsidy instrument, which is supposed to provide subsidies, mainly to farmers: “I believe that farmers will benefit from new income opportunities under carbon programs, as well as for society by terms of climate mitigation and adaptation. or food security, ”said Pierre Bacou, Director of DG Agriculture at the European Commission.
However, this is not the opinion of many environmental NGOs who focus on biodiversity. Together with Greenpeace, BirdLife, ClientEarth and the European Environment Bureau (EBB) analyzed how the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy matches the reforms needed to protect nature, tackle climate change, avoid pollution and produce food in a sustainable way. The analysis revealed that the CAP deal that the EU is finalizing is failing on all fronts.
Additionally, as the Guardian reports, the number of small and medium-sized farmers over the past decade has declined, leaving more room for big business to play, which could then be directly subsidized. “What we are essentially asking for is a better agricultural policy, which cares about the climate, biodiversity and European farmers,” SlowFood Europe said. European Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski reassured his desire to reverse this trend.
The agreement on the reform of the CAP will have to be formally adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, before entering into force. Parliament is expected to vote in plenary after the summer, but these few days remain a critical period, leading Greenpeace to follow in Parliament’s footsteps. Meanwhile, in other rooms of the same building, the Agriculture and Fisheries ministers discuss the CAP reform package, studies on agri-food techniques, organic farming and the EU’s priorities for the United Nations Food Systems Summit.