Nex week (March 13) the European Parliament will vote on
reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and there's still time for you
to take action and ask for greener farming.
Our Facebook tool – Good Crop / Bad Crop –
explains the problem of fields and fields of the same crops being grown across
Europe (known as monoculture) and the advantages of crop rotation – when
farmers grow a range of different crops and change what they grow in each field
It enables you to contact your Members of the European
Parliament (MEPs) through Facebook, Twitter or by email and ask them to make
sure the CAP encourages farmers to use crop rotation.
The simple choice for farmers between planting different
crops on their farm or growing the same crops year after year can have a major
effect on the environment and wildlife.
Crop rotation has many benefits – healthier soil, more
wildlife, less pesticide use and pollution, fewer climate-changing emissions.
Europe's Common Agricultural Policy gives farmers public
money (subsidies) to help cover their costs. If this money was used to
encourage farmers to rotate what they grow it would protect soil, wildlife and
our environment for future generations.
We still have time to show MEPs we want a green and healthy
environment! We can influence their decisions about farming and our
countryside. By using the CAP to encourage different crops instead of
monocultures, we can have agriculture in the future which is kind to nature,
uses fewer pesticides, does not make climate change worse, and additionally
stops small farms going out of business.
Visit Facebook to find out more about crop rotation and contact your MEPs NOW.
After months of campaigning for a greener and fairer
farming policy in Europe; citizens, activists, farmers and consumers will
gather in Strasbourg on 12 March - the day before the vote - to call
for the start of a new agricultural policy. From 09.30 to 15:30 a
series of colourful actions with costumes, banners and some animal guests will
take place in front of the EU Parliament.
Activities include open-air cooking of a ‘Good
CAP soup’ to be shared with MEPs and a human chain around the
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