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Friday, March 24, 2017
Aid agencies welcome demands to cut grants for EU cows
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¬†International agencies Oxfam and CAFOD today welcomed Chancellor Gordon Brown's demand for reform of Europe's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In his speech at the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth today, the Chancellor argued that Britain must do more to "tackle the scandal of the CAP" in order to heal the division between rich and poor countries following the collapse of the World Trade Organisation talks in Cancun last weekend. Justin Forsyth, Oxfam's Policy Director welcomed the statement, sayting: "Gordon Brown is right. Radical reform of the CAP is exactly what,s needed to put the world trade talks back on track and help millions of poor farmers work their way out of poverty." George Gelber, CAFOD's Head of Policy said: "Gordon Brown,s commitment to reforming the economically mad and morally repugnant CAP should be applauded. CAP has devastated the economies of the Third World for too long and the rest of Europe must now follow the UK's lead." CAP causes misery for millions of poor farmers around the world. The EU pays agribusiness £2 billion a year to dump excess food, such as milk, sugar and wheat, on to poor countries, driving poor farmers out of markets and into even deeper poverty. Facts about the CAP - While EU cows enjoy $2 a day in CAP support, 1.2 billion people live on $1 a day. - The UK pays around £8 billion a year towards Europe's £30 billion Common Agricultural Policy. - UK consumers are footing the bill for CAP, paying over £20 a week in higher prices and taxes to keep this flawed policy. going. This breaks down into: 5p on every pint of milk; 40p on every 60p bag of British Sugar; 3p on every loaf of bread. Oxfam and CAFOD argue that radical CAP reform should include: The introduction of a timetable to eliminate all agricultural export subsidies and the reform of the distribution of CAP subsidies so that they benefit the environment and poor farmers, rather than just rich agribusiness. Research by Oxfam has found that 80 of the richest farmers in the UK receive over £350,000 a year in subsidies, while 100,000 receive little more than £7,000. CAFOD says as much as $40 billion a year could be generated in agricultural exports if protectionist policies were abandoned by rich countries.
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