EU subsidises most-polluting farms

Over half of Europe’s most-polluting livestock farms receive CAP payments, as revealed in a new study from Greenpeace.

They investigated all farms in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands listed in the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR). Agricultural installations are required to submit data to the E-PRTR if they emit more than 10,000 kg of ammonia per year, and to the Industrial Emission Directive register if they have space for over 40,000 poultry, 2,000 pigs or 750 sows.

Of the 2,374 livestock farms from these countries qualifying for the register, 1,209 received CAP payments totalling at least €104 million per year.

The report “Investigation: How the CAP promotes pollution”:


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