Demand Progressive Overhaul of European Union Agricultural Policy

Target: European Parliament

Goal: Ensure that the upcoming seven-year program for the EU farm system reflect necessary reform geared away from industrial farming

A reform of the costly European Union agricultural policy is currently being discussed at the European Parliament in Brussels. Eight major EU organizations have set up a coalition as a base from which to protest the current policy which they claim is too centered on big agribusiness, harms the environment with “chemicals and genetically modified organisms”, puts pressure on the price of food, and has ultimately caused trans-Atlantic trade conflicts through market distortion.

In 2013, a new seven-year plan will begin. The coalition’s united banner states: “EU farm policy must be fundamentally changed”. Protestors ask that reforms be made that reduce the focus on industrial farming and allow for fair conditions for a thriving family farming market, and a greener countryside free from harmful environmental practices. Current subsidies help undercut global prices and harm poorer communities in developing countries, something which the coalition wants the new policy to avoid. The European economic crisis has reduced the likelihood of a quick and efficient end to negotiations.

European Parliament must be made to see the importance of adhering to the proposals outlined by proponents of this reform. Without these more sensitive measures, the global market will be further distorted.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear European Parliament,

The conditions of the farm system within the European Union, as laid out by the Common Agricultural Policy, are in need of extensive reforms which reflect a sensitivity to the protestors who have gathered in Brussels. As the policies currently stand, unnecessary harm is being done to the environment while the family farming market suffers alongside developing countries as a result of subsidies that undercut global prices. An end must be put to this.

Please see to it that big industrial farming does not overwhelm a progressive future for agricultural policy in the European Union. When the new seven-year program begins in 2013, it’s necessary it include provisions against continued subsidies which negatively impact poor communities in developing counties. The use of dangerous chemicals employed by large farms and agricultural multinationals must be halted. Above all, fairness for all farmers. Proposals you have made to increase employment in rural areas is not enough.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  • Alper Arslan
  • Peter Kelly
  • Lisa Seitz
  • Lisa Seitz
  • JoupleFupJH
  • Esther Wolk
  • Stefano Serpico
  • Maria dels Àngels Beltran
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