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May 09, 2010

EU urged to force its green policies on world's farmers

The EU should force other world agricultural powers to adopt similar environmental rules if they wish to export to Europe, the chair of the European Parliament's agriculture committee, Paolo De Castro, said in an interview.

"Don't forget that Europe imports more food and agricultural products from all over the world than US, Canada and Australia put together, and 85% of African agricultural exports go to Europe," De Castro stressed.

While Europe should continue to be an open market, "the standards and rules followed by EU farmers should be followed even by the people who want to export to Europe," the socialist MEP said, adding that EU farmers would otherwise face unfair competition from the rest of the world.

The United States' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only allows bottles of wine to be exported to the USA if US rules are followed, "and this is exactly what we have to introduce in Europe," De Castro argued.

Euractiv

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