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Environmental protection : the agricultural Atlas is called the failures of the EU policy

The EU funds for the agricultural economy in the wrong, criticize the Federal government for environmental and nature conservation Germany (BUND) and the Heinri

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Environmental protection : the agricultural Atlas is called the failures of the EU policy

The EU funds for the agricultural economy in the wrong, criticize the Federal government for environmental and nature conservation Germany (BUND) and the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. Worse still, The "unjust, unökologische and ineffective" System should also be in the next budget period, from 2021 to 2027 to continue. Where the problems lie and what you could do better, Böll wrote Foundation and FEDERAL government in the agricultural Atlas, which was presented on Wednesday in Berlin.

The agricultural budget accounts for around a third of all expenditure of the EU, and currently comprises a little more than 60 billion euros in the year. Of which Germany receives € 4.8 billion annually, it said at the presentation of the report.

the main point of criticism of the FEDERAL head Hubert Weiger and Christine Chemnitz, agricultural Advisor at the Böll-Foundation: Two-thirds of all grants are awarded without any significant requirements per hectare of yard area. Large companies rake in so: "20 per cent of farms get 80 per cent of the resources," criticized Chemnitz.

Although smaller farms, since a Reform in 2013, proportionately a little more money. The area premiums but "create an incentive to acquire more Land," - said in the agricultural Atlas. The Problem: "Where large-scale farms to spread, this goes Hand-in-Hand with the loss of jobs, with less diverse cultivation systems and products, with more intensive agriculture and corresponding environmental pollution," write the authors. The Trend to large-scale operation is strong: According to recent Figures, a quarter of all farmers were from 2003 to 2013. 96 percent of them farmed less than ten acres.

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Böll Foundation and the FEDERAL government require that the funds be reallocated from the area premiums to a reconstruction of the agriculture, animal welfare, and better climate protection. In Germany, emissions from agriculture make up at least seven percent of all climate gases. "Without a Change in the European agricultural policy, the government can forget Merkel have their own objectives in the field of nature-, environment - and climate protection," said Weiger. So far, the draft regulation for the Common agricultural policy provides, in relevant articles, 28 no specific requirements, in what amount, such a climate must be promoted by relevant services of the peasants, criticized the FEDERAL-agricultural expert Christian entrepreneurial.

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Christine Chemnitz is "skeptical", whether it is still possible to influence the ongoing deliberations of the agricultural budget, it relies on the pressure of the civil society. With this, you know agree: One for the agricultural Atlas commissioned survey shows that German small businesses want to be protected and the promotion to tie in with special services.

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