This news broke in July 2009 but since I have not seen reference here on ATS to any of this, I thought the European members need to see this. I find
it quite sad.
So what is the Europead Union Common Agricultural Policy? what is its aim?
If you go to: europa.eu...
which claims it is the portal site of the European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of
European Union affairs and essential information on European integration.
The site makes the statement "Meeting the needs of farmers and consumers" and then goes onto say:
"Farms and forests cover most of Europe’s land and are vital for our health and economy. The EU's common agricultural policy ensures that farming
and preservation of the environment go hand-in-hand. It helps develop the economic and social fabric of rural communities and plays a vital role in
confronting new challenges such as climate change, water management, bioenergy and biodiversity"
Then theres the other side of the coin.....
On 18th July 2009, The Daily telegraph broke the story:
"EU agriculture subsidies worth billions of pounds under the CAP are being paid out to businesses and multinational corporations with little
connection to traditional farming."
Ligabue, an Italian caterer, serving luxury cruise ships and airlines, received 148,000 euros of export subsidies in 2008 for the dairy and creamer
sachets consumed by international travellers.
Haribo qualified for 332,000 euros in farming subsidies for the sugar used in its "gummy bears" produced in Germany.
Groupe Doux, a French chicken processor, raises no poultry itself but pocketed 62.8 million euros.
In Britain, Tate & Lyle Europe benefited from the taxpayer to the tune of 134 million euros in 2007.
The New York Times covered this too:
"Overall, the biggest slice of the farm subsidy cake still goes in direct payments for farmland. But under European Union policy, this land doesn’t
need to be farmed to qualify. The wealthier the landowner, the larger the handout is likely to be.
The queen of England qualified for more than $750,000 in farm aid in 2008 for Sandringham Estate, a 20,000-acre royal country retreat. A pet project
of Prince Charles to preserve the Transylvanian countryside also received a nominal sum. Prince Albert II of Monaco collected more than $700,000 in
2008 for his farms in France.
The Duke of Westminster — the third-richest person in Britain, with a $10 billion fortune — collected $800,000 for his farm. Top Farms, the
duke’s Polish distributor for his bull-breeding company, Cogent, collected more than $11 million in subsidies from 2006 to 2007 for dairies.
The system also benefits the Catholic Church through many of its ancient abbeys and convents scattered through Italy, Spain, Austria and France.
A typical small farmer in Romania might qualify for about $550 in subsidies, and that sum ranges upward for farmers in more prosperous countries."
Cant believe it can you?