Skip to comments.Green groups decry 'depressing' EU farm reform deal
Posted on 05/16/2012 11:23:39 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Conservation groups have condemned a move by European agricultural ministers to tone down some of the most controversial environmental proposals in the next phase of the EU's farm support program.
Agricultural and fisheries ministers from the 27 EU countries called yesterday (15 May) for replacing conservation measures recommended by the European Commission with a more flexible system.
The decision was not a surpriseministers have indicated in the past that there was little political appetite for creating requirements in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that tie direct payments to farmers to measures aimed at cutting carbon emissions and reducing other pollutants.
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB), which represents a coalition of green groups, has lobbied for stronger conservation measures in the CAP and accused the ministers of sabotage for striking three central provisions proposed by the EU executive to prod farmers to improve their environmental performance.
This attempt to sabotage the greening of the CAP threatens to jeopardize this perhaps last opportunity to provide legitimacy to the CAP, said Faustine Defossez, agriculture campaigner at the EEB.
Under the pretext of simplification, the Council would not only fail to justify why such vast sums of EU money are been spent under the CAP at a time when governments around Europe are forced to make painful cuts in expenditures, but will also increase administrative burdens, she said.
Tony Long, director of WWFs European Policy Office, called the decision truly depressing.
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Getting carbon dioxide, an essential part of the cycle of life on this planet, also known as plant food, classified as a pollutant is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on a world-wide scale. And I blame the suckers who have bought into it (along with socialism in general) for their stupidity.
I increasingly believe that most of the human race deserves the Hell that is around the corner...