In the Netherlands, there is a strong political and societal commitment to an ambitious greening of agriculture. Besides national and market incentives, the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is seen as an important instrument to enhance the basic level of greening in Pillar 1 and to provide further-reaching and more targeted agri-environment measures in Pillar 2. Now that the dust has settled after a protracted greening discussion, the implementation of the greening measures has got underway and the discussion on the CAP post-2020 has already begun, there is an increasing sense of urgency to improve the greening’s ‘value for money’. Even within the farming community – usually not the strongest advocate of strengthened greening – there is a growing awareness that the current system is not fit for the future and that the legitimacy of spending public money is at stake. Moreover, the current system is perceived to be unfair as many farms are exempt from the greening obligations and arable farms carry most of the burden. For this reason, BoerenNatuur.nl, the farmers’ organisation for agri-environment, has investigated grass-roots ideas for an improved greening of agriculture in a project financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Note that the ideas outlined below do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BoerenNatuur.nl and/or the Ministry.
|Place of Publication||Utrecht|
|Number of pages||60|
|Publication status||Published - May 2017|