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CAP is Now 60; it Should Retire

The E.U.’s Common Agriculture Program is 60 years old this year, the farming subsidy scheme. But many decry it’s impact on small farms; they say it favors small hobby and large corporate farms at their expense.

One said: “As a farmer, it needs a lot of reforms. Subsidies should take into account productivity and/or conservation management, otherwise the taxpayers are just paying the lifestyle of rich large landowners instead of actual farmers.”

And another: “It has destroyed small farmers in Greece. And other countries. All reforms were made in favour of big monopolies and agri business.”

And yet another: “It has destroyed small farmers in Portugal and other countries. All reforms were made in favour of big monopolies and agri business. Stop financing the big monoculture companies.”

CAP originally was meant to stimulate food crops. Ironically, the CAP for hemp/hanf/chanvre is just for fibre despite hemp being a great source of proteinaceous food.

My opinion is that if it won’t include seed for food then it should be scrapped.

Paying farmers a subsidy to grow what has little market is typical government short-sightedness. If they were serious about boosting the sector they would throw 20 million Euros at a national seed and fibre processing center.

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