‘Thank goodness UK is out!’ EU torn apart by expert for ‘exterminating’ Europe’s wildlife

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EU agricultural ministers will meet in Luxembourg this week to discuss the reform package of the Common Agricultural Policy, including how its funds will be spent over the next seven years. Protesters were spotted outside the council meeting taking place today as they criticised EU governments for stalling EU food and farming reforms. This comes ahead of the EU Parliament’s vote on new reforms this Wednesday.

Irish ecologist, known as Collbradan on Twitter, claimed the ministers will propose reforms that will result in EU taxpayers forking out on “another seven years of destruction”.

He tweeted: “For the last 60 years, we’ve been funding a campaign to exterminate Europe’s wildlife. through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), hundreds of billions of euros of public money have been funnelled into destroying wildlife-rich meadows, woods, wetlands and rivers.

“While the precise formula has varied over the years, CAP essentially requires farmers to wreck nature in order to receive larger subsidies. agricultural intensification – responsible for so much pollution and wildlife loss – is one of CAP’s core aims.

“CAP also favours larger farms over small ones, which twinned with intensification has driven down the number of people actually working the land.

“In 1973 Ireland had around 263,000 farm workers versus only 85,000 today.

“In recent years, there have been some (large ineffective and unsuccessful) attempts to fix the huge problems caused by CAP.

“It hasn’t been enough: water quality continues to decline, drained peats are still haemorrhaging carbon and wildlife remains collapsed.”

The ecologist added some of the reforms being proposed include limits on habitat restoration spending, with payments continuing to favour larger farms instead.

Collbradan said: “This Wednesday, the EU parliament will vote on new rules for CAP that will determine how over €400 billion of public money will be spent over the next 7 years. this money needs to be spent on restoring damaged habitats and sustaining small farmer.

“Instead, what’s being proposed by 3 main EU party groups is limits on habitat restoration spending, further intensification, meaning water pollution is likely to get even worse, and remaining wildlife scraps will be pushed out and payments to continue to favour larger farms.

“If this passes, we’ll be paying for another seven years of destruction. every single EU taxpayer will involuntarily contribute to polluting their own water and further sterilising the countryside.

“More small farms will be swallowed up by larger ones, more wildlife will be lost.”

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Environmentalist Ben Goldsmith agreed the current policy is “appallingly ruinous” for European wildlife.

He tweeted: “Brilliant Irish perspective on why the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy is so appallingly ruinous for nature.

“Well said Collbradan.

“Thank goodness the UK is now out and rolling out a brand new system centred on the restoration of nature.”

The EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) has focused on rewarding intensive farming in the past.

But new reforms that would reward farmers for doing more for the environment will be discussed this week as part of both the “farm to fork” strategy and the European Green Deal,

It was recently revealed that the EU’s habitats directive lists 233 key habitat types, which covers nearly a third of the EU’s land area, but only 15 percent of these are rated as in good condition.

Europe’s environment watchdog warned coastal habitats, dunes and bog, mire and fen came out worst in the list.

The UK will no longer be bound by the Common Agricultural Policy now that it has left the EU.

George Eustice, the environment secretary, said: “We are moving to a fairer system now we have left the EU, with our agriculture bill fulfilling our ambitious plans for a system based on the principle of public money for public goods, such as improving air and water quality and driving biodiversity.

“We have consulted on this and have announced our intention to start phasing out the existing, unfair direct payment system in England from 2021.”

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