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The 8th European Forum for the Future of Agriculture: A soil-less address for a soil-less policy

April 20, 2015


“Meeting the Food and Environmental Challenge” was the theme of the 8th European Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) organized jointly by the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) and Syngenta, a Swiss agribusiness firm specialized in agrochemicals and food. Held in Brussels on March 31, 2015, the meeting attracted 1,500 participants to hear international speakers, including Pascal Lamy and Olivier de Schutter, who successively discussed the existing links between international trade, agriculture, agro-ecology or the need for research.

The first session of the Forum also was an opportunity for Phil Hogan to deliver a new exercise in oratory that included two specific points:
    - Beyond the objectives of fighting poverty and aiding development, the European Union contributes to global food security through trade by building on a Common Agricultural Policy that is now market oriented––thus the guarantee of a major positive evolution for the Commissioner.

    - Phil Hogan also used the occasion to focus on the elimination of milk quotas in Europe. While he speaks about the need to “build resilience to fight volatility”, the tools intended to confront it are mostly based on market forces. In a nutshell, “God helps only those who help themselves”. Because we must not expect more from Brussels if it feels that markets have the adequate resources to support European livestock farmers.
While one can only but share some of Phil Hogan’s assertions regarding the role of European agriculture in the world––yes, it is important to strengthen Europe’s role for developing countries (LDCs); yes, innovation, the preservation of the environment and of resources are fundamental objectives––how is the European Commission planning to achieve this without any long-term strategy?

Ultimately, the first answers might come from other speakers present the Forum. Zambia’s minister of agriculture tackled the issue when he said “One cannot motivate farmers to achieve sustainable production if they cannot anticipate the future”. And in Europe, with the new CAP reform, this future “is leading us nowhere,“ states Thierry de L’Escaille, General Secretary of the European Landowners' Organization (ELO), before adding that the CAP must be fundamentally revised in 2017.

Once again, the European Commission does not have the definition of a progressive program by 2030 that is able to maintain a strategic course in the name of preserving food security and agricultural competitiveness.


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