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Action needed for the EU Common Agricultural Policy to address sustainability challenges

  • Making agriculture sustainable is a global challenge. In the European Union (EU), the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is failing with respect to biodiversity, climate, soil, land degradation as well as socio‐economic challenges. The European Commission's proposal for a CAP post‐2020 provides a scope for enhanced sustainability. However, it also allows Member States to choose low‐ambition implementation pathways. It therefore remains essential to address citizens' demands for sustainable agriculture and rectify systemic weaknesses in the CAP, using the full breadth of available scientific evidence and knowledge. Concerned about current attempts to dilute the environmental ambition of the future CAP, and the lack of concrete proposals for improving the CAP in the draft of the European Green Deal, we call on the European Parliament, Council and Commission to adopt 10 urgent action points for delivering sustainable food production, biodiversity conservation and climate mitigation. Knowledge is available to help moving towards evidence‐based, sustainable European agriculture that can benefit people, nature and their joint futures. The statements made in this article have the broad support of the scientific community, as expressed by above 3,600 signatories to the preprint version of this manuscript. The list can be found here (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3685632). A free Plain Language Summary can be found within the Supporting Information of this article.

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Author:Guy Pe'er, Aletta Bonn, Helge Bruelheide, Petra Dieker, Peter Henning Feindt, Gregor Hagedorn, Bernd Hansjürgens, Irina Herzon, Ângela Lomba, Elisabeth Marquard, Francisco Moreira, Heike Nitsch, Rainer Oppermann, Andrea Perino, Norbert Röder, Christian Schleyer, Stefan Schindler, Christine Wolf, Yves Zinngrebe, Sebastian Lakner
Pubmed Id:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32626843
Parent Title (English):People and nature
Publisher:British Ecological Society ; Wiley
Place of publication:London ; Hoboken, NJ
Contributor(s):Kevin Gaston
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2020
Date of first Publication:2020/03/08
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/07/20
Tag:Common Agricultural Policy; European Green Deal; SMART targets; agriculture; biodiversity; climate change; evidence-based policy; public goods
Page Number:12
First Page:305
Last Page:316
This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Institutes:Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 63 Landwirtschaft / 630 Landwirtschaft und verwandte Bereiche
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0