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Food and Environmental Security: why, what, and how?

A viewpoint article that argues the significance of the interrelated global issues of food production and the environmental impact of climate change for the Common Agricultural Policy and future food and environmental security policies of the European Union.

Year of Publication2008

The world food system faces the extraordinary twin challenge of repeating the performance of the last half century of more than doubling food production during the next four decades and yet doing so with far smaller environmental impact. These food and environmental challenges are highly interrelated, and they are heightened by Climate Change. The paper argues that given its economic and political size these global matters are of concern to the EU. Furthermore food and environment have been, and should remain EU competences. It is therefore suggested that the CAP must further evolve to a policy for Food and Environmental Security with a budget adequate to the scale of the task faced. What this policy is and how we can move towards it are examined briefly.

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eu budgetfood securitycapenvironment
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