Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

  • No news has been published yesterday.

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

Copa and Cogeca highlight importance of agriculture for sustainability

Copa and Cogeca underlined the importance of the EU agriculture sector for meeting the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) at EU Farm Ministers meeting, saying that the CAP has proved to be a successful tool to ensure sustainable agricultural production.

In a high-level meeting with the Estonian Presidency in Luxembourg, Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said “It is due to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that most of the SDGs have been achieved in the EU. For instance, ending poverty (SDG 1), ending hunger & achieving food security (SDG 2), ensuring healthy lives (SDG 3), sustainably managing water (SDG 6), ensuring sustainable energy (SDG 7), providing employment (SDG 8) sustainable production (SDG 12), combatting against climate change (SDG 13) and protecting the environment (SDG 15) have mostly been achieved thanks to the CAP”.

“From an environmental point of view, the CAP incorporates measures that significantly contribute to achieving the SDGs linked to water, soil, biodiversity, ecosystems and climate. For instance, the Statutory Management Requirements (SMRs) and the Good Agricultural and Environmental Conditions (GAECs) under the CAP are the baseline for farmers to receive support from the CAP. Also the agri-environment-climate measures under the second pillar of the CAP are a major tool to deliver environmental aspects into this policy”, he insisted.

In view of these achievements, he called for a strong, competitive and more sustainable CAP in the future, with common rules and a good budget behind it. He also reiterated Copa and Cogeca’s strong opposition to the EU move to include beef and ethanol in its market access offer to the Latin American Trade Bloc Mercosur, saying that it would seriously undermine these achievements at the same time as jeopardising EU food safety standards since imports to the EU do not have to meet the EU’s high requirements.

The move came as the issue was being discussed by EU Farm Ministers in Luxembourg.

For more information:
Copa Cogeca

Publication date: 10/10/2017



Other news in this sector:

2/16/2018 Pakistan: Need for modern technology use in agriculture stressed
2/15/2018 Utah working on improving specialty crop production
2/14/2018 Vietnam: Hi-tech methods raise production value of farm produce
2/8/2018 Fixing Food: The Mediterranean Region
2/7/2018 2018 e-GRO webinar recording links
2/7/2018 Canada's Minister of Agriculture visits Delphy Improvement Centre
2/6/2018 "44% of Spain runs a great risk of soil erosion"
2/5/2018 Do we really need to double food production by 2050?
2/5/2018 Lettuce saves the Colorado River
2/5/2018 Spain: UPA-UCE opposes proposal to reduce tomato acreage
2/5/2018 US (CA): Tomato rootstocks offer production attributes
2/1/2018 Cultivar variety and added potassium influence hydroponic basil
1/31/2018 UK: Useful information for strawberry growers
1/31/2018 Pythium root rot on hydroponically grown basil and spinach
1/30/2018 Haskap berries: great possibilities for Canada
1/26/2018 Philippines: Growing Thai warty pumpkins
1/26/2018 Scientists help predict where to grow food worldwide
1/25/2018 Indian farmers learning to double their yields
1/25/2018 UK: AHDB provides information for strawberry growers
1/23/2018 Mardenkro publishes second book