How are we dependent on farmers?

Together for a rural and more ecological agriculture

The European Community's agricultural policy is sick. Its original goal was to provide the citizens of the EU with food at affordable prices and to guarantee farmers adequate prices for it. Today it causes surpluses, waste, ecological and social destruction, regional desertification, health and taste impoverishment of food and alienation at the expense of the general public. It is dependent on harmful agricultural imports and subsidizes harmful agricultural exports as well. Instead of promoting the ecologically optimal production of healthy and diverse food, it subsidizes and gives preference to a small number of agricultural and trading groups and large agro-industrial companies in the name of global competitiveness and is causing rapid deaths of farmers inside and outside the EU.

The motto of our agricultural production and food industry "As much as possible as cheap as possible" means that around 30% of food is thrown away, and its value and quality are increasingly valued. Consumers are incapacitated and children are actively encouraged to malnutrition.

Competitive and cost pressure and the economic maxim “grow or soften” drive farmers into intensification and expansion strategies in which there are only losers. Because the winners in the market also pay a high social and human price for their economic survival. Nature and environmental protection, respect for creatures, families, handicrafts and knowledge, village communities, traditions and cultural landscapes fall by the wayside; but also the appreciation and respect of society.

Instead of addressing the causes, EU agricultural policy has been trying in vain for years to mitigate the fatal consequences of its own undesirable development with compensation payments and regulations. In this way, they force farmers into the unworthy role of recipients of subsidies, while taxpayers are burdened with expenses that are lacking elsewhere. Farmers and consumers are played off against each other instead of using the opportunities and willingness to jointly take responsibility for a diverse, healthy and more enjoyable diet and eating culture, for the design of our cultural landscapes and the development of new life prospects in the countryside.

The global ecological and economic challenges of the coming decades are enormous and irrefutable. Feeding the world population according to the European model would require several times the land, water and energy resources available on this planet and deprive billions of people of their livelihoods. There is no economic, ecological, social, political or ethical justification for this.

The willingness, the knowledge, the technical and financial possibilities for sustainable, humane, animal and environmentally friendly agriculture and nutrition are available. The only thing missing is the will and courage to shape the market and politics accordingly. The European agricultural policy needs new goals and democratic foundations.