Farmers for better CAP environmental standards
An online survey conducted by the EU Commission concludes that farmers also see a need for reform of the environmental standards of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Data submitted by 21,000 farmers and 27,000 non-farmers was evaluated. When asked whether the CAP meets environmental requirements, 59% of farmers answered "no". Among the non-agriculturalists, the figure reached 80%. Problems such as decreasing biodiversity, soil erosion and concern regarding the appropriate handling of pesticides were mentioned. The conclusion that EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, deduces from this is that an improved agricultural policy is expected not only from outside the sector, but also from farmers themselves. Towards the end of the year, Hogan intends to present his ideas on the future of the CAP.
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