Agriculture and fisheries

Europe continues to sell more and more pesticides 

Friday 26 October 2018 | Déborah Berthier
| VoxEurop

Between 2011 and 2016, pesticide sales continued to increase in the European Union. Nevertheless, certain member states, such as Denmark, have made serious efforts to reduce their use.


Eastern Europe: poverty and the countryside

Tuesday 16 October 2018 | Davide Sighele
| OBC Transeuropa

In contrast with other parts of the continent, life in rural areas in Eastern Europe is synonymous with poverty. The problem should be tackled during the current debate on the reform of the common agricultural policy, with particular emphasis on young people.


Without EU quotas, sugar sector struggles with low prices  in depth

Saturday 29 September 2018 | Peter Teffer
| EUobserver
VoxEurop

The outlook for the European sugar sector is not good at the moment, according to the director-general of the European Association of Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS).


It’s about fields and barns, and it’s about money

Thursday 28 June 2018 | Spiegel Online

It’s about fields and barns, and it’s about money – lots of money. The farming subsidies that the EU pays to farmers form the largest slice of the EU’s expenditure: around €58 billion each year. That’s around 39% of the total EU budget.


Here’s how Europe’s biggest redistribution machine works 

Tuesday 05 June 2018 | Marcel Pauly
Maria Marquart
| Spiegel Online

Farming subsidies form the largest slice of the EU’s expenditure: the Union distributes €58 billion each year to its farmers. How do these subsidies work and why are they so controversial?


Birds - collateral victims of intensive agriculture 

Wednesday 11 April 2018 | Guillaume Duval
| Alternatives Economiques

The number and variety of bird species have dropped significantly over the last twenty years. The cause is a reduction of their food source due to the intensive use of pesticides in farming.