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EU Has Duty to Increase Production Says NFU

17 October 2012
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EU - The European Union has a moral duty to realise its production potential after a series of poor harvests across the world have left food prices high and volatile impacting the poorest people hardest, NFU deputy president Meurig Raymond has said.

Speaking as world leaders and agricultural experts gathered in Rome to mark World Food Day, Mr Raymond pointed out that Europe, as the world’s second largest exporter has a duty to play its part in ramping-up production to meet growing demand for food.

“The biggest food challenges of all are undeniably faced by farmers and consumers in developing countries around the world, especially Asia and Sub-saharan Africa. But while we in Europe must do our bit too boost productivity in these regions, we too cannot shirk our responsibility to produce more here, more sustainably.

"That’s why we remain anxious about the direction of plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, which may hamper our ability to produce more food. If Europe doesn’t seek to play a full part in increasing food production in future, global agricultural commodity prices will rise further and the world’s poorest people will be hit the hardest, just as we saw in 2008,” said Mr Raymond.

“It’s not too late for politicians across the EU to take heed of the warning signs. I hope that the disastrous harvests throughout the world, including in the UK, will give reason enough to question the impact that greening proposals such as the proposed seven per cent ecological focus areas will have on production. Yes, we must ensure that European production is environmentally sustainable, but reverting back to set-aside, a widely derided public policy, is not the answer.”

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