01 Jul '12, 12pm

@JorisLohman @FoodPoliticsEU @samuellevie Ranked 4th at the IUCN/Reuters Media Award. The true cost of the cheap potato

The true cost of the cheap potato 28 June 2012 | Article Over the last decades, the EU Common Agricultural Policy achieved its goals of producing sufficient amounts of food in low prices. This came at a cost, as it helped create an unjust production/consumption model, resulting into the huge loss of biodiversity, over-production and mistreatment of animals. These problems exceed national borders, as the jigsaw of industrial agriculture in the way it was encouraged by agrarian policy in the last 50 years is extremely complex. And I am wondering, what future do we dream for Europe when: Every year, 90 million tons of food are wasted in the 27 EU member-states. This equals to about 179 kg per person. 42 million Europeans live under conditions of severe deprivation, while 250 million are overweight. In about just one century, 75% of plant genetic diversity is lost, while 30% o...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/media/media_awards/?10269#.T_BBTAwUBg...

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