Agriculture

The growing and cultivation of a huge natural resource - the world's food - has been tainted by intensive farming methods for crops and animals as pressure grows to feed the world.

Industrial agriculture using pesticides and fertilisers and growth hormones for animals may increase yields in the short term, but it raises questions about the health of the land and the people and about how to ensure stable yields in the long run. The Green New Deal looks to convert current intensive and industrial agricultural practices into greener methods. It envisages a sustainable agriculture and farming infrastructure that produces seasonal, healthy, local food, now and in the future. Green agriculture would provide quality jobs in Europe and allow fair trade with the developing world. Better for the land, better for farmers, and better for people.

  

The Green New Deal calls, amongst other things, for:

  • an agricultural and rural policy which enhances environmental protection, animal welfare and fair trade;
  • agriculture policies in line with Millennium Development Goals of eradicating poverty and hunger and boosting sustainable food production in developing countries;
  • incentives to encourage a switch from intensive to organic farming methods and strict enforcement of long-term cuts to fishing based on scientific evidence on the state of fish stocks;
  • investment in better management of natural resources - soil, water, biodiversity - as part of a new agricultural system.