FFS 028 - Money Well Spent? Farm Subsidies in the EU

Farm subsidies are central to agricultural policy. But do farmers need them?

In this episode, we discuss the ins and outs of the EU Common Agricultural Policy with Dr. Alan Matthews, Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy at Trinity College, Dublin.

We discuss:

  • The origins of the EU Common Agricultural Policy
  • Hectare-based subsidies: how larger farms receive larger subsidies
  • Subsidies: a barrier or incentive for sustainable farming?
  • Agricultural lobbying in the EU
  • A silver lining of Brexit
  • A way forward for farming in Europe


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