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Thursday, 13 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Farm to Fork Strategy - the key role of farmers and rural areas (debate)

  Seán Kelly (PPE). – Mr President, it isn’t that often that I agree with my colleague Mr Wallace, but I agree with him completely in the distinction he makes between the factory feedlots and the small farms in the West of Ireland and, indeed, probably in rural Europe as well. Those small family farms are genuine grass-based farms, producing nutritious food in the best possible environmental ways, and they are the people who will take care of the environment for us. I think that the feedlots are trading on the back of this. There’s no distinction made between their food and the food that’s produced by the genuine farmers. They’re getting huge CAP payments which they neither need nor deserve. I think there’s an opportunity now, under the next CAP and also under Mr Timmermans’ Farm to Fork Strategy, to make that distinction so that those who are genuinely needful of support will get it, and especially those who are actually genuinely producing grass-based food, not factory lots.

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