Farming on the Frontier

How can Brussels reinvent its relationship to farmers across the Union?

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In Europe, a wave of dissent is spreading. From Belgium to Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Spain, farmers are out in the streets. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the world’s largest farming budget, and the plans to make it more sustainable, the Green Deal, are facing backlash. All the while, the EU’s efforts for food security and sustainability have never been more important. Which way forward for European farmers?

At De Balie, we discuss the future of European farming with Peter Meedendorp (President of CEJA Young Farmers) and Member of the European Parliament Mohammed Chahim. Can climate adaptation in agriculture be organized in a just way – one that protects jobs as well as the planet? And how can we take critical steps in a debate frustrated by mutual image-building and pitchfork politics?


Mohammed ChahimMEP Socialists & Democrats (PvdA)
Peter MeedendorpPresident CEJA Young Farmers
André HoogendijkHistorian, Director BO Akkerbouw
Marijke DirksonSchaapsherder