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10.11.2010

French environment ministry for green CAP!

The French Ministry for the Environment has spectacularly broken ranks with the Ministry of Agriculture by publishing its own vision ‘For a sustainable agricultural policy in 2013’. The 17-page document does not beat about the bush: it calls for a radical overhaul and gives numbers.

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17.06.2010

Silence around pesticides

The spraying of DDT and other pesticides provoked the 1962 book ‘Silent spring’, one of the early landmarks of environmentalism. How rich in biodiversity is the spring of 2010, and how many bird songs are missing because of pesticide use? Daniel Lesinsky, board member of Pesticide Action Network Europe, responds.

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25.03.2010

Distribution and targeting of the CAP budget from a biodiversity perspective

European Environment Agency, 2009

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25.02.2010

Who is the right partner for environmentalists?

The recent joint position paper by BirdLife and the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO), presented on 27 January 2010, raises the question with whom environmentalists should ally for CAP reform.

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25.02.2010

Tobacco subsidies in Spain

Cigarette boxes warn: Smoking kills.
But the EU still subsidizes tobacco plantations. Ana Carricondo from the Sociedad Española de Ornitología traces the weird twists of tobacco support in her country. While some improvements have been made recently, tobacco farmers still receive 4,000€/ha on average.

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22.02.2010

Provision of public goods through agriculture in the European Union

IEEP, 2009

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20.02.2010

Forest owners for a sustainable land use policy

Forestry covers almost as much land as agriculture – but only 3% of the CAP budget is earmarked for forests. One would think that this imbalance would make forest owners long-standing critics of the CAP. Not so. For one thing, many forests are owned by the government, and governments won’t lobby against their own policy. More importantly, many forest owners also happen to be farmers, and the more powerful agricultural lobby has managed excessively well to subdue its smaller sibling in this close relationship.

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26.01.2010

Environmental Impacts of Food Production and Consumption

Defra, 2006

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25.11.2009

Water Resources Across Europe - Confronting Water Scarcity and Drought

European Environmental Agency, 2009

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25.11.2009

Through the Green Smokescreen

BirdLife International, 2009

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