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Abstract

The Common Agricultural Policy has traditionally been a way to guarantee food security through subsidies between European Union nations. Recent CAP reforms require additional policies to enforce environmental sustainability, decrease pollution, promote better nutrition, and encourage young and small farmers. On the supranational EU level, the reformed CAP has positively impacted sustainability and improvement of the environment. Critics argue the CAP still perpetuates inequality, both between nations and between large and small farmers, and waters down environmental policy. Still, the CAP is an improvement to past policies and has made positive changes, both towards the environment and public good.

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