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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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What threat does lab-grown meat pose to conventional livestock sector?

It is now five years since so-called ‘artificial meat’ was successfully grown in a Dutch laboratory at a cost in excess of $300,000 per lb. But cost of production of this proteinaceous substance, claimed to be an exact nutritional substitute for beef, pork or chicken meat produced on the farm, has now fallen dramatically.

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What threat does ‘lab-grown’ meat pose to the traditional livestock sector?

It is now five years since so-called ‘artificial meat’ was successfully grown in a Dutch laboratory at a cost in excess of $300,000 per lb. But cost of production of this proteinaceous substance, claimed to be an exact nutritional substitute for beef, pork or chicken meat produced on the farm, has now fallen dramatically.

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Environmental issues threaten growth in world food production

At current rates, the amount of food produced globally will only feed approximately half the world population by the middle of this century. But can agricultural systems rise to the challenge and boost output to the necessary levels?

European Agricultural Policy US Agricultural Policy

Can US and EU farms survive without getting bigger?

As levels of direct support for agriculture are reduced by more stringent policies in both Brussels and Washington, the trend of farmers expanding the size of their farms in order to survive is likely to increase.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

WTO Ministerial failure continues food stockholding schism

Failure of the 11th WTO Ministerial Council late last year to reach agreement on a permanent set of rules governing food stockpiling policies perpetuates the continuing diametrical split between the United States and developing countries on stockholding policies.

Trade Disputes European Agricultural Policy

Do Michael Gove’s ‘green’ Brexit plans have a hollow centre?

A radical redesign of the UK’s agriculture sector, involving abolition of direct income payments and the switching of subsidy payments to support environmental measures, is being planned by the country’s Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Gove.

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