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SUMMARY Study: Genetically engineered plants -rather time bomb than a chance

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Genetically engineered plants as a universal remedy for hunger and drought? Little suitable and very risky, says a new study on new genetic engineering methods in agriculture, issued by the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament.
The dairy farmer and Green MEP Martin Häusling is co-author and publisher of the study published in July "future or time bomb? Designer plants as universal remedy are not the solution! "

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Martin Häusling’s 10 Point Plan to Overhaul the CAP

ARC2020 CAParticleENContinuing in our series of CAP commentary from as wide a range of sources as possible, below we present the CAP position statement of MEP Martin Häusling. In it, he points to the folly of following an export and growth model for agri-food. Moreover, this model as it stands delivers little by way of environmental goods, or for animal welfare or the rural economy. He also emphasises the specific benefits of organic farming, while giving us ten points for major CAP reform.


By Martin Häusling


One of the objectives of the 2009 revision of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union was: ‘… to ensure a fair standard of living for the agricultural community, in particular by increasing the individual earnings of persons engaged in agriculture…’.

For many years now the EU has been failing to meet this objective, despite substantial subsidies in the form of taxpayers’ money. A European Parliament report highlighted the following: farm incomes in the EU are not even 50% of the incomes in other sectors, even though exports of agricultural products are continuing to rise. At the same time, we are exploiting ecosystems to the maximum and are using far too much fertiliser and far too many chemicals.

As to why we are so far off a future-proof agricultural policy in Europe, that is an issue that Reinhild Benning and Tobias Reichert from Germanwatch analysed in detail in the study I published, which is entitled: ‘Foundations, not Pillars: Proposals for an overhaul of Europe’s agricultural policy’ (.pdf). Their conclusion is that radical change is needed. And I agree!

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Study: The myth of climate smart agriculture – why less bad isn't good

181019 Titel KlimaFor practical agriculture it will be very important, even essential, to develop or rediscover adaptation systems which minimise the risks brought about by climate change. Agricultural systems have to be geared first and foremost towards resilience rather than highest yields. That goes for torrential rains as well as drought and increasing pest pressure. Almost all measures that increase resilience are at the same time climate-friendly, organic agriculture being the best example.

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Alternativen zum Einsatz von Glyphosat & Co

2018 07 11 AlternativeMethoads toGlyphosat Diese Studie zeigt 'Alternative Methoden bei der Unkrautmanagement zum Einsatz von Flyphosat und anderen Herbiziden". Der Verzicht auf Glyphosat & Co ist möglich und Gut für die Umwelt. Leider bislang noch auf Englisch.

Study - Down to earth – the soil we live of: On the state of soil in Europe’s Agriculture

160229 Boden Studie ENGOn October 15th, I presented the study “Down to earth – the soil we live of: On the state of soil in Europe’s Agriculture”, commissioned by myself, in Berlin.

Intensive forms of agriculture are on the rise all across Europe, causing more and more soil to suffer from “Burn-out” regarding the soil fertility. In the study, the author shows the causes of this development and explains what kind of treatment is urgently needed for Europe’s soil in order to be prepared well for the extreme weather conditions that are imminent due to climate change.
Here you find the English Version of the study