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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 - Brussels Revised edition

One-minute speeches on matters of political importance
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  Catherine Rowett (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, will the European children of tomorrow hear any birds singing in trees or bees humming in the flowers? According to more than 2 500 scientists in a recent letter to Ursula von der Leyen, intensive farming has caused a catastrophic decline in farmland birds and insects across Europe since 1980. The reformed common agricultural policy must change this. We must reverse the incentives, promote small-scale traditional farming and restore biodiversity. Yet it’s not just farming. Where I live, pointless roads are being subsidised from EU funds. They slice viciously through precious woodland, river valleys and wildlife sites hitherto immune from the plough and the spray. We must re-order our values; we must count the true costs of privileging private cars over nature’s green spaces. EU money needs to be green, not grey, and tomorrow is too late.

 
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