BRUSSELS MOVES TO INCREASE FOOD PRODUCTION IN EUROPE

BY KEITH NUTHALL

FACED with an international food shortage and rising food prices, the European Commission has proposed permanently scrapping the 'set-aside' system, where 10% of European Union (EU) farm fields lie fallow.
Also, as expected, the Commission has proposed scrapping restrictive milk quotas from 2015, with five annual 1% production quota increases before that date.
EU agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel said the proposals were about allowing food producers to "meet growing demand and respond quickly to what ...


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