by A swedish kind of death
Thu Mar 4th, 2010 at 04:00:33 AM EST
Thinking about alternative policy, I got to thinking about what a sustainable rural/agricultural policy would look like in the EU.
Since markets are to support societal needs I think it might be wise to first list what such a policy should accomplish.
A sustainable agricultural and rural policy should strive for:
- Longterm sustainable agriculture
- Production of food stuffs that cover the needs of the population in the EU
- A living countryside (among other things to avoid the negative effects of all out urbanization)
In addition a production of luxury/surplus agricultural products for trade is a good thing if it can compete with production elsewhere. So no real need for support for that, but should not be hindered either.
So how could this be accomplished?
What to be done?
The present Common Agricultural Policy supports the countryside, but also factory farming, insane fishing practices and surplus dumping in poor countries.
I think a first step would be to cap the amount any individual or company can receive. That would benefit small family farms and small producers at the expense of large landowners and corporations.
But we still have the problem with surplus dumping. Anyone got any ideas about how the agricultural sector can be supported without causing the current overproduction?
And what should be done with the fishing?