109 input such as synthetic fertilisers and pesticides and farming having to adapt to increasingly intensive methods involving huge technical outlays which have a negative impact on na ture and the environment and ultimately humankind can be reformed in such a way that we can talk about sustain able production The failures of farming policy in achieving the specified goals cast considerable doubt on the issue What I m saying is we need to completely rethink farming by developing a better understanding of how things inter connect from an ecological point of view and intervene in bi ological systems in such a way that we foster them and also make them more intensive but don t try to replace them with chemicals or technology Here independent research is called for which refuses to be at the beck and call of multination al companies What we re facing now is a situation where by it s not the farmers who are earning money from farming but rather third parties The kind of independent research I m referring to which is geared towards the common good must also be paid for with public money Unfortunately the exact opposite is the case at present and the influence of industrial interests is becoming more and more glaring This is manifest when looking at the research agenda along with the instruments and technology to be deployed and also at the nature of evaluations and the use of research findings We don t just need a change in farming We also need a change in research in the farming and foodstuffs sector Purchasing It won t pay off sadly this is what organic farmers are hearing too 2 000 hectares and receives in return 600 000 euros in subsidies from taxes But the four workers who help to farm the land are only employed from March until No vember The rest of the time they receive unemploy ment benefit so that s tax money once again And the landscape is cleared no hedges no birds simply noth ing I m not prepared for my taxes to be spent on this The subsidy only applies to the acreage not the farmer s actual efforts This is the case for the largest share of the subsidies The EU has consistently tried to help agricultural aid progress from pure income maintenance for farmers towards supporting a more eco friendly type of farming This is where the idea of the so called first and second pillars come from recent ly attempts have been made to make the first 100 land subsidies greener The second aimed in particular to promote measures in the fields of the environment and conservation Success rates have been so modest that we have to talk about failure In return for subsidies a contri bution needs to be made towards the common good as is the case for example with an organic farmer who produces a good foodstuff and at the same time does something for nature and the environment adding value to his her region Can you paint a picture for us of the alternative road farming could go down The question we need to ask ourselves is whether our cur rent farming system which relies massively on external

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