Brussels – Following the collapse of this week’s negotiations over the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Greenpeace is calling on the European Commission to start from scratch with a new reform plan.

Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director Marco Contiero said: “European farming is in desperate need of a real green overhaul, not another seven years of greenwashing. The deal currently on the table will keep things as they are, with the majority of public money flowing to destructive industrial meat, dairy and animal feed production, benefiting big business and land barons. It’s a betrayal of small scale farmers pursuing more ecological farming, and a disaster for nature and the climate. The only sensible thing left to do is for the European Commission to finally withdraw this CAP and table a radically new one, capable of driving European farming away from environmentally and socially destructive practices, towards a truly sustainable farming system.”

This Wednesday, Greenpeace activists coloured the European Parliament green to expose the greenwashing of the EU’s farming reform. Greenpeace is calling on EU leaders to kick off a real reform of the CAP, on the basis of a new policy proposal by the Commission.


Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director: +32 (0)477 77 70 34, [email protected]

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