EurActiv.com Correspondent's Choice

The following story has been published by EurActiv.com on 23rd November 2009.

The European Union should resist the temptation to cut support for its common agricultural policy and instead give farmers the right tools to increase food production in Europe, EU Farm Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel told EurActiv in an interview.

“I’m looking to be able to maintain production of food in Europe,” said Fischer Boel, asked about her priorities for the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

She did not say Europe should be able to feed its own people, but stressed the importance of having a strong agricultural sector amid increasing global competition.

A situation in which Europe is dependent on food imports from countries with unstable governments would be “a nightmare,” she said.

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