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Thursday, 13 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

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

  Billy Kelleher (Renew), in writing. – Irish farmers rely on CAP funding for up to 56% of family farm income (Teagasc National Farm Survey 2017). If 40% of CAP is to be dedicated to climate action then the overall budget must be increased to ensure adequate and essential funding is still provided to small, family farms. Additionally, outdated farm vehicles contribute more to greenhouse gases and pollution, therefore the CAP should provide financial aid to farms looking to update their machinery to more environmentally friendly models, which will lessen their carbon footprint. Farmers are the custodians of the land. It is in their interests for that land to be healthy and usable. They can and want to be our biggest allies in helping protect the planet, but we must bring them with us, and not alienate them. The Mercosur deal is not good for farmers or for the environment. Europe does not need to import beef from South America. The production and transportation of such beef would be detrimental to meeting our carbon reduction targets. We already have a supply of quality beef from member states, including Ireland, and the deal makes no sense in terms of the commitments under the European Green Deal to implement it.

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