Does the EU need agricultural tariffs and subsidies to ensure its food security? The food price surges in 2007/08 and the 2010 spike in wheat prices have pushed this question into the headlines, while climate change and global population growth fuel concerns about the EU’s long-term ability to produce and import sufficient food supplies. Note new venue: Rue Montoyer 47, Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia
The Paris Declaration, agreed by 22 member states, claims that only an ambitious, continent-wide agricultural policy can safeguard Europe’s independence. The European Commission and the European Parliament justify their support for the CAP in similar terms. But food security is a weak argument for a ‘strong’ CAP.
In a new study, Valentin Zahrnt takes a step back from the alarmist rhetoric and looks at the facts: How much food does the EU produce? To what extent could it step up production? How reliable are food imports? How vulnerable are EU citizens to food price increases?
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