[25 May/EuroFruit]

Researchers claimed the EU’s policy on food production had failed on several health and environmental indicators. University of Pisa representative, Professor Gianluca Brunori, said they assessed 10 different policies to judge how they contributed to a sustainable food and farming system and evidence showed inconsistencies. They needed to be addressed through an overarching framework that could mix demand and supply side instruments, as well as food environment oriented ones. The failure of the CAP to deliver planned environmental benefits, reduce seed diversity at the cost of resilience goals, and little connection between the EU laws to protect water from nitrate pollution was highlighted in the report. DEFRA Secretary of State, Michael Gove, promised a green revolution in British farming, stating the government would instead provide payments for farmers who promoted public goods such as health and environment.