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Thursday, December 8, 2016
In a land where cows can fly...
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¬†While European pigs may not be able to fly - each cow in the EU could afford take a luxury vacation abroad - if they so wished. Mooster's Millions - an animated film, now on on CAFOD's website, highlights the devastating effect EU farm subsidies are having on the developing world. According to the charity, the EU spends enough money on the Common Agricultural Policy every year to fly each of their 21 million dairy cows around the world in style. By comparison, they say, dairy production in Jamaica has collapsed due to the dumping of EU skimmed milk powder. The colourful animation shows our lucky herbivores stopping off in a series of exotic locations, including Hong Kong, Brisbane, Raratonga and Los Angeles, and being given £400 spending money each. "The animation is a funny way of looking at the EU. Unfortunately the reality is not so humorous," said CAFOD campaigner Sam Goddard. "The support that EU governments give to the dairy industry - £11bn a year - means that the average European dairy cow has a yearly income of more than half the world's population," she said. "Such huge subsidies mean it's an unfair playing field for developing countries. Up to 80 per cent of the population in the world's poorest countries rely on agriculture to make a living, while in Europe just over four per cent of the population works in farming. And in Britain, farmers make up just one per cent of the work force," said CAFOD director Julian Filochowski "In trade negotiations, the EU, US and Japan have tilted the playing field so the developing world is playing uphill at a 60 degree angle - without boots. And half the team is injured," he added At the end of the film, surfers are asked to send a postcard to the European Commission calling for a cut in EU farm subsidies and measures to protect farmers in the developing world. To see Mooster's Millions, visit: http://www.cafod.org.uk
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