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New EU Agri Policy to focus on research

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

New EU Agri Policy to focus on research

In an effort to help EU farming adjust to future nutritional needs, the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period 2014-2020 shall focus on bridging the gap between research and farming practice. Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development explained, “The future agriculture will be (an) agriculture of knowledge.” The policy is drawn up in light of a growing global population, increasing demand on food production and consequent demands on higher nutritional content. Copa-Cogeca, the EU farmer's organization welcomes the new policy and adds, “a stronger and more innovative CAP is crucial to meet future world demand set to rise by 60% by 2050.” In contrast, Eric Gall, EU Policy Manager at the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) explains that the debate on feeding the planet is often approached from the wrong angle. He explained,  “Focusing entirely on intensifying production is misguided and merely props up collective dependency on the very industrial agri-food production and consumption systems that do not meet the needs of people whilst destroying the environment.”

Source: euractiv.com