Is the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy a waste of money?
Farmers represent roughly 3% of the EU’s population. Yet the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) accounts for 39% of the EU’s total budget. Does it make sense, in times of economic hardship, for Europe’s taxpayers to hand over €58 billion in subsidies to a tiny minority of people?
What would Brexit mean for farmers and the Common Agricultural Policy?
In total, 55 per cent of UK total income from farming comes from CAP support.
The shocking waste of cash even leavers won’t condemn
It's Official: 19 European Countries Say 'No' to GMOs
Majority of EU countries in favour of GMO compromise
"The European Commission proposed allowing national cultivation bans for GMOs in July 2010, in a bid to break a deadlock in EU GM crop approvals which has seen few varieties approved for cultivation in more than 12 years.
The proposal, however, has been subject to bitter divisions between EU member states and the proposal remains blocked.
In the EU only two GM crops are approved for commercial cultivation: insect resistant maize, and potatoes with modified starch for industrial use.
Of the total area of GM maize grown in the EU in 2012 (129,000 hectares) one country, Spain, contributed more than 90%.
To date, seven EU countries have introduced national "safeguard" bans on growing Monsanto's MON 810 insect-resistant maize: Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg."
Regulation of genetically modified organisms in the European Union
Vermont's new GMO law could spur change across U.S.
Genetically engineered foods must be clearly labelled on food packages in state starting July 1
Brexit: Environmentalists fear 'bonfire' of regulations designed to fight climate change and protect wildlife
Remain campaigners have argued that EU legislation has helped towards tackling water and air pollution, protect endangered species and imposed tough safeguards on the use of genetically modified crops and potentially dangerous chemicals