Sustainable agriculture, safer food, strong rural communities
We want far-reaching reform of agriculture and farming. The EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) must make sure public funds are transparently used in the public interest, focussing them on encouraging farming activities which benefit society but are not rewarded by the market, such as protecting the environment, landscape management, biodiversity and rural employment. Funding should be based on contractual payments, replacing the current system of generalised subsidies, and it should be granted only to active farmers whose income comes substantially from farming – hobby farmers should not be subsidised by the taxpayer.
A reformed CAP should promote the production of sustainable, high-quality foods, durable management of natural resources and well-balanced land use, and help combat climate change. It should be able to cope with volatile prices for food and agricultural raw materials and guarantee the European Union's role in global food security.