Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
Good list.  Plus

  1. Rural/regional development
  2. Ecological impact/sustainability
  3. Subsidies/trade barriers/marketing regimes

I did an academic study 20 years ago that demonstrated that the then level of CAP price subsidies not only severely depressed world agriculture by dumping European surpluses on world markets, but cost more than paying European farmers a "social wage" whilst dismantling price subsidies.  That is what has been (slowly) happening since with "decoupling".  Current price rises may make European agricultural viable again even without "social wage" payments.  The long term value of the CAP in maintaining a European agricultural industry at a time of declining world prices is now being born out.  Once farmers leave the land, they almost never go back.

"It's a mystery to me - the game commences, For the usual fee - plus expenses, Confidential information - it's in my diary..."
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu May 1st, 2008 at 01:15:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Others have rated this comment as follows:

Display:

Occasional Series