The Netherlands does not reserve a EU subsidy for organic agriculture

Dutch organic farmers receive considerably less European agricultural subsidies than their European colleagues, much to the chagrin of the European Union.

Brussels speaks of a worrying development for the sustainable agricultural sector in the Netherlands, as organic farmers are crucial for the conservation of biodiversity and environmentally friendly agricultural practices.

The Dutch way of distributing the EU agricultural subsidies has sparked concerns from organic farmers and environmentalists. By earmarking EU subsidies for the organic sector, all agricultural money available for the Netherlands can also go to regular agriculture and horticulture 

Organic farmers claim that organic farming methods are essential for preserving biodiversity and reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment. Organic farms typically use less fertilizer and pesticides.

By not committing financial support to organic farms, they fear that the sustainable agricultural sector will miss out.

The Dutch government calls the shift in subsidies to the entire sector necessary to make agriculture more competitive on the globalized market. Large-scale agricultural companies often have higher production volumes and can therefore produce more efficiently. The Hague hopes to strengthen the position of Dutch farmers on the world market.

This decision also comes at a time when the European Union is reviewing the common agricultural policy. The new policy aims to shift towards more sustainable agricultural practices and places greater emphasis on environmental and climate objectives. However, the Netherlands seems to deviate from this.

The European Union wants to make the agricultural sector more sustainable. Organic agricultural practices play an essential role in this. The fact that the Netherlands supports organic farmers less, while the EU wants to promote the sustainability of agriculture, is at odds with these objectives.