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momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.
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Livestock crisis: the European Union on tenterhooks

September 7, 2015

The livestock crisis in France and Europe will not have had any respite this summer. Quite the contrary. Today, dairy, pork and beef are all affected, with French grain farmers’ incomes stagnating despite record wheat harvests. The crisis is spreading to the rest of Europe and the world. In Switzerland the biggest milk producer announced that it is stopping its production. In New Zealand, Fonterra raised concerns in early August by announcing a further drop in purchase prices to its producers, due to weak demand and excess stocks. In the US, farmers' incomes are down 36% this year while the dairy sector also saw a difficult period (overproduction resulting in lower milk prices). In the UK there has been a 25% drop in milk prices over the last twelve months. The crisis is global and acute, especially because the answers and responses from Brussels are inadequate.

On 7th September in Brussels, during a special European Council of Ministers of Agriculture, discussions will be held to develop a strategic plan for short-term measures for farmers but also structural initiatives to address price volatility in agricultural markets. Yet, it must be remembered that Phil Hogan claimed late August that European farmers were facing challenges and not a crisis. However, as the figures show, the economy remains depressed and prices continue to fall. For milk, According ATLA (Association of Dairy Processing in France), “global demand continues to rise (+ 2.1%), but the supply has increased too (+ 3.1%)”. Consequently, world prices for butter and milk powder have dropped - from -10% at 2,217.50 Euros per tonne for butter and -5.6% for powder in the first semester.

Yet votes are increasingly likely to seek an EU strategy for the long term. But for that, the EU must get rid of its neo-liberal reflexes based on the absolute belief in the virtues of the market and reconnect the common agricultural policy to agricultural market realities. Will the 7th September meeting agree to this type of structural reforms?

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