Sorting Out the CAP – Striving for a European agricultural
The agriculture issue has taken a dramatic turn with the hunger riots and food shortages currently affecting various parts of the planet. Emergency measures seem necessary in the context of development policy; longer term, the consequences for European farmers’ incomes might allow – paradoxically – an intelligent reshuffling of the CAP’s cards. Such is the audacious idea that Jean Nestor contributes to the debate over the CAP’s “health check”
The current trend in the prices of agricultural raw materials calls for an indepth reform of the inconsistent entity that the common agricultural policy has become. It presents an opportunity for the European Union to abandon former stereotypes and the poor compromises that the latter has accumulated.