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Billions in Misspent EU Agricultural Subsidies Could Support the Sustainable Development Goals

Scown, Murray W. and Brady, Mark and Nicholas, Kimberly A. (2020). Billions in Misspent EU Agricultural Subsidies Could Support the Sustainable Development Goals. One Earth. 3 :2 , 237-250
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The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is the guiding policy for agriculture and the largest single budget item in the European Union (EU). Agriculture is essential to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the CAP's contribution to do so is uncertain. We analyzed the distribution of (sic)59.4 billion of 2015 CAP payments and show that current CAP spending exacerbates income inequality within agriculture, while little funding supports climate-friendly and biodiverse farming regions. More than (sic)24 billion of 2015 CAP direct payments went to regions where average farm incomes are already above the EU median income. A further (sic)2.5 billion in rural development payments went to primarily urban areas. Effective monitoring indicators are also missing. We recommend redirecting and better monitoring CAP payments toward achieving the environmental, sustainability, and rural development goals stated in the CAP's new objectives, which would support the SDGs, the European Green Deal, and green COVID-19 recovery.

Authors/Creators:Scown, Murray W. and Brady, Mark and Nicholas, Kimberly A.
Title:Billions in Misspent EU Agricultural Subsidies Could Support the Sustainable Development Goals
Series Name/Journal:One Earth
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:3
Number:2
Page range:237-250
Number of Pages:14
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115475
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-115475
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DOI10.1016/j.oneear.2020.07.011
Web of Science (WoS)000645627500017
ID Code:27149
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:21 Feb 2022 09:25
Metadata Last Modified:21 Feb 2022 09:31

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