With almost 40% of the EU budget going to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) the decisions made by EU policymakers about which farming systems and practices to promote directly shape the kind of food system we have in the EU. While the CAP has also played a role in the development of organic farming in Europe, investments in organic farming account for a mere 1.5% of current EU agricultural spending. The fact remains that despite improvements over the past decades, sustainability is still not at the core of the CAP’s architecture, making the policy ill-equipped to address the challenges facing the agri-food sector from food security to environmental degradation and climate change.
CAP post-2020: Towards a new deal between farmers and citizens
As part of the organic movement’s Vision 2030 to transform food and farming IFOAM EU is calling for a fundamentally new approach to the CAP which is capable of transitioning European agriculture towards greater sustainability as part of an ambitious implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, forthcoming CAP reforms need to set in motion a new deal between farmers and citizens that secures fair incomes, increases farm resilience, whilst meeting societal expectations.
With decades of experience pioneering sustainable food and farming systems, organic farming is a “living lab” for how farmers can respond to the growing demand for high quality food and at same time deliver benefits for the environment, animal welfare and rural areas. Therefore, the development of organic farming must be at the heart of the CAP.
Report - CAP 2021-27: Using the eco-scheme to maximise environmental and climate benefits
Position Paper - A CAP for healthy farms, healthy people and healthy planet