What are the effects of agriculture on climate change? And how could the CAP help to mitigate climate change? Ernst-Detlef Schulze, contributor to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for the IPCC and Lead Researcher of the 'Assessment of the European Terrestrial Carbon Balance', responds to these questions. He argues that greenhouse gas emission trading should be expanded to agriculture.
22 member states agreed on the Paris Declaration on December 10, 2009. They include all those that had supported the call for increased dairy support, sponsored by France and Germany this autumn – that is, they excluded the small reform-oriented camp (UK, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, plus Malta). The document is a concoction of buzz words and stereotypes that shall somehow prepare the emotional ground for the continuation of wasteful agricultural subsidies.
The waste of tax payers money
Tax payers should not be forced to subsidize airlines that declare their in-flight meals as food exports. Nor should they have to finance economically absurd live cattle exports that are irreconcilable with animal welfare.
Michael Jäger, Secretary General of the Tax Payers Association of Europe (TAE), gives his opinions on the CAP.