February 6, 2024

Q.E.D. Why Politicians Need an Evidence-based Approach to Policy Problems

Poor policymaking has significantly contributed to Europe’s challenges across various fields. Despite politicians’ professed commitment to evidence-based policymaking, the paper highlights how decisions are infected by populism and short-termism.
November 26, 2019

Agricultural Innovation Over Intervention

There is reason to believe that population growth, natural resource scarcity and climate change will challenge agriculture to deliver food security in the coming decades. The world population is expected to reach 10.5 billion by 2100.
May 11, 2018

Doing More With Less: the Future of the Common Agricultural Policy Post-2020

On May 2 the European Commission released a Communication that outlined the Union’s overall budgetary plan for the 2021 – 2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), which included the proposal of a 5% funding cut to the Common Agricultural Policy.
November 1, 2017

Accepting the Scientific Consensus: GMOs in the EU

The ECJ ruled that Italy had been wrong to ban the cultivation of an EU-approved genetically modified maize. This was a big victory for the plaintiff, an Italian farmer who was denied the right to grow the MON 810 maize.
May 28, 2017

Reforming the Common Agricultural Policy

The EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has undergone several waves of reforms over the last few decades. Yet, many market- and trade-distorting practices still persist, and the EU’s agricultural sector remains disproportionately dependent on public support when compared to its counterpart in other developed countries, such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand.