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Soil has a sensitive and crucial role to play, but is increasingly under threat: besides erosion and pollution, artificial covering is on the rise in many areas of Europe. There is still a chance, however, to reduce land take.
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.
On 10 January, the European Parliament should vote on the first multiannual plan for the Western Mediterranean Sea. The head of the NGO Oceana in Europe explains why MEPs should take action to save the “Mare Nostrum” from overfishing.
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.
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.
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?
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.