Brian is a seasoned agricultural policy analyst who writes for IEG Policy on the CAP and a wide range of other policy issues. He is a former Director and Brussels Correspondent of Agra Europe.
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Supporters of the UK’s exit from the European Union maintain that trading in the world market without EU restrictions, and thus providing the freedom to strike trade deals with new partners, would provide few problems for British exporters.
With nearly half the world's population living in towns and the bulk of the estimated two billion growth in population in the next thirty years likely to be urban dwellers, will the world's agriculture be capable of feeding the increased numbers of non-agricultural people?
China’s changing food consumption pattern is creating some serious strains within the country’s food production system.
The recent conclusion of a new trade agreement between the United States and its northern and southern neighbours contains warnings for the post-Brexit United Kingdom, which is avidly seeking a new trade deal with the US.
Agricultural productivity in the European Union is slipping behind productivity gains in other major farm producing and exporting nations, most notably the United States, Brazil and China, according to research by the agro-chemical industry.
Grazing livestock are generally seen by environmentalists as a major environmental problem. Being largely ruminants, they emit large quantities of greenhouse gases (GHG) – principally methane – and they occupy land that could be producing food grains to feed the human population.