MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION BY COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
While current intensive agriculture and farming techniques cause damage to theSubmitted by: Yonis Ali (NL), Anouschka Graaf (NL), Noor Laros (NL), Madelief Oosterveld (NL), Nicolas Vardon (Chairperson, SE)
environment, they also provide a livelihood to millions of farmers across Europe. What can the EU do to ensure a green transition and the safeguarding of nature while taking into account the livelihood of agricultural producers?
The European Youth Parliament,
- Conscious that the agricultural industry is one of the largest emitters of nitrogen and methane which are harmful greenhouse gases,
- Aware that the agricultural industry represents a significant share of the European economy, consisting of 44 million jobs and 10.5 million farms,
- Noting with regret that the maximisation of crop yields1 clashes with the environmental goals set in the European Common Agricultural Policy,
- Alarmed by the perpetual decrease in the quality of topsoil, biodiversity, and crops due to intensive farming practises2,
- Seriously concerned by the mismanagement of subsidies towards intensive farming while environmentally friendly and lower income farms are severely underfunded;
- Encourages Member States to provide farmers with further education on topsoil-friendly and environmentally-sustainable farming practices;
- Urges the Member States to subsidise environmentally-friendly products financed through the reallocation of taxes on environmentally harmful products;
- Invites Member States to create financially attractive programmes aimed at incentivising farmers to transition to more sustainable production methods;
- Further encourages the European Commission to open a dialogue with representatives of farmers assisted by third-party mediators to provide increased job security;
- Calls upon the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) to create a European wide index disclosing whether agricultural products follow environmentally friendly and healthy production standards;
- Requests the European Commission to foster transparency on the allocation of agricultural funds through:
- the enhancement of the financial transparency system by making it more accessible to the general public,
- ensuring farmers utilise their funds appropriately.
- Maximisation of crop yields: refers to growing as many crops as possible in a given topsoil area.
- Intensive farming: is a type of farming that relies on large amounts of resources and labour to increase production per unit area. It uses land, water and fertilisers to a large extent. It can be considered as a representation of economies of scale function in agriculture.