What tools do we need for the CAP of tomorrow? Have your say on the online forum

29 September 2010

The Soil Association has set up a discussion thread on the Farmer's Weekly website dicussion forum on Common Agricultural Policy reform ahead of the Soil Association's CAP Reform event next Thursday in London.

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) plays a key role in setting out the direction for food and farming across the EU. This issue affects everyone, not just farmers, because it has an impact on a range of issues such as the food on our plates, our rural landscapes, employment opportunities and climate change.

The Soil Association thinks that CAP reform is important because agriculture accounts for about half of the European land area and farming is a key activity for addressing some of this century’s greatest challenges. Stemming the collapse of biodiversity, mitigating and adapting to climate change, providing an affordable healthy diet and maintaining plentiful, clean water resources require profound changes to the ways in which land is managed. We believe that organic farming can play a key role in addressing these challenges.

Following the recent publication of the European Commission's report on their initial CAP consultation the Soil Association is hosting a timely debate on the future of the CAP taking place at the National Farmer's Club in London, Thursday 7 October; 2-4pm.

Julian Gairdner from Farmer's Weekly will be chairing so if you can’t make the event then please post your views, opinions and questions on the online discussion pages (see below) on how you would like to see the CAP develop and Julian may be able to raise your points with the panel.

The panel will comprise:

  • Peter Melchett - Policy Director, Soil Association
  • Peter Kendall - President, NFU
  • Professor Allan Buckwell - Policy Director, Country Land and Business Association
  • Helen Browning - Director of External Affairs, National Trust
  • Dr Mark Avery - Conservation Director, RSPB.
Each speaker will give a brief presentation followed by a chaired discussion. There will be plenty of time for contributions and questions from the audience. Places are limited so if you would like to attend please contact Christine Williams: cwilliams@soilassociation.org  or 0117 987 4575.

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