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Brian Gardner

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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Could 'risk insurance' become a major CAP policy instrument?

Risk insurance has in recent years become a prominent agricultural policy instrument in some of the biggest agricultural producing countries outside Europe. Most notable examples are in the United States and Canada. 

European Agricultural Policy Crop Insurance

Comment: Anti-meat movement arguments on GHG emissions are deeply flawed

Eating meat produced from ruminant grazing animals is a serious threat to the stability of the global environment, according to environmental and animal rights activists.

Cattle & Beef International

Comment: Anti-meat movement arguments on GHG emissions are deeply flawed

Eating meat produced from ruminant grazing animals is a serious threat to the stability of the global environment, according to environmental and animal rights activists. 

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Analysis: Food safety and animal welfare will be familiar issues in UK-US trade talks

Before leaping into any bilateral trade deal with the United States, UK politicians should consider why the long-drawn negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the EU has not only been fraught with disagreement, but is seemingly now dead in the water. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

New global trade deals are risky business for UK food and agriculture

The British Government wants to negotiate its own trade deals with other countries outside Europe. This is seen as one of the ‘Leave’ campaigners primary reasons for wanting to quit the European Union and why, subsequently, to achieve this aim the Government does not want to be a member of either the EU ‘Customs Union’ or the Single Market. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Special Report: How will UK withdrawal impact EU agriculture policy?

While not the major preoccupation of European Union lawmakers in the coming years of CAP development, there is little doubt that the UK’s departure from the EU in or soon after 2019 (Brexit) will have a profound effect on the direction and nature of future changes. This is for two reasons: the resulting budget constraints and the removal of a major reforming influence on the debate on future line of development.

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