Is European agriculture a good model for other parts of the world to follow?

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European Voice is launching its second online debate next Monday.

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The debate, which opens on 4 March, offers to discuss the pluses and minuses of European agriculture in a global context. The motion “European agriculture is not a good model for the rest of the world to follow” is being proposed by Alan Matthews, emeritus professor of European agricultural policy at Trinity College Dublin. Staffan Nilsson, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, a farmer from Sweden, is arguing against the motion.

The debate comes only weeks after the EU’s national leaders agreed a new multiannual financial deal which reduced support payments to farmers but left the current support systems largely intact. The online debate is also timed to start the day before the 2013 edition of the Forum on the Future of Agriculture, an event which has become one of the most important opportunities to debate European agriculture and its global impact.

Join the debate, read the opinions of others and engage with them by posting comments and vote in an online poll for or against the motion as many times as you want. The debate will be open for two weeks and will feature guest contributions from experts with a variety of perspectives on agricultural policy.

We expect a lively and sometimes heated debate. Please join in and encourage colleagues and contacts to take part too in what we hope will be a truly global debate.

More details about the debate can be found at http://www.europeanvoice.com/debates

For more information, please contact Arnold Delville, European Voice Circulation & Marketing Director, at arnolddelville(at)economist(dot)com

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