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Should the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy be scrapped in favour of free trade?

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Background and Context of Debate:

The Common Agricultural Policy, or CAP, is a complex system of subsidies paid by the EU to farmers. Member states have to contribute to a central pool, which the EU then divides, as it sees fit. Some of these subsidies are actually paid to farmers to stop them farming their land, in order to keep the amount of food on the market low and therefore maintain a good price for food. The main proponents of scrapping the CAP have been the more economically liberal countries, such as the UK, whereas the more socialist countries have been its biggest supporters. In this debate the proposition advocates a complete scrapping of the CAP. The fundamental proposition theme is that the introduction of a free market to European agriculture can only be good for the consumer. The opposition advocates the use of interventionist policies. So this debate is an instance of the classic clash between ‘laissez-faire’ and interventionist ideologies.


Argument #1

Yes

  • The CAP is an outrage for consumers! Consumers pay money to government in taxes. The government pays this money to the EU, which in turn uses this money to keep prices high. Scrapping the CAP would lower prices and be much better for consumers. It is the scrapping of the CAP which will maximise consumer choice, allowing consumers a free choice between local or international, ‘traditional’ or ‘standardised’ agricultural products. If there is no demand for local produce then it is a complete waste of money to keep local agriculture going artificially, producing unwanted goods at tax-payers’ expense.




No

  • The CAP preserves a European model of agriculture. As elaborated in point 5 below it permits European countries to continue with their own traditional forms of farming and prevents their take-over by multi-nationals. This preserves consumer choice because they can still purchase local products rather than being forced to buy standardised multi-national products. It is right to give indigenous and traditional farmers and their methods a helping hand to protect our local economies, traditions, communities, and livelihoods.

Argument #2

Yes

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No

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Yes

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No

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Yes

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No

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Yes

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No

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Yes

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No

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No

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No

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