Five farming and environmental NGOs have come together with proposals to transform the CAP with the objective to help farmers improve on the sustainability of their activities le and to reward those who deliver the environmental benefits. They believe that the CAP is failing citizens, farmers and the environment, and requires radical change to justify the 53 billion Euros it distributes annually on behalf of European taxpayers. They do recognize that changes to agriculture over the last 50 years have benefited society by providing plentiful and safer food. However, they argue that this achievement is based on the unsustainable use of natural resources and has damaged the environment. Furthermore, they highlight their ongoing concern about pesticide residues in food and the potential health implications of exposure to agricultural chemicals.
The consultation process and further information can be seen at the website www.cap2020.ieep.eu