The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) plays a critical role in Scottish agriculture and Scottish Land & Estates is fully involved in current debates—both in Scotland and at the European level—about its future evolution.
Scottish Land & Estates argues that while the CAP is vitally important to Scottish agriculture, it also needs to evolve and adapt to changing circumstances. Scottish Land & Estates believes that there are very good reasons why we should devote public money to supporting agriculture and rural development but also that the CAP needs to change to better justify that ongoing support. The CAP should be reformed so that it more clearly delivers food and environmental security.
The CAP should ensure the maintenance of Europe’s food production capacity. It should help to manage volatility and it should deal with imbalanced competitive structures in the food chain. But it should also support the delivery of environmental and social public goods. In short, we believe that we need the CAP to support sustainable food production and environmental management.
Scottish Land & Estates works closely at the European level with the European Landowners Organisation and is involved in debates about the delivery of public goods, work which informs our position on the CAP. Work by the RISE foundation on the delivery of public goods from private land has been foundational to our approach. Click to download: RISE Report Public Goods UK