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Informative Fiche: How the CAP impacts access to land

24 June 2021

Land politics – who controls what land, how it is used, for what purposes and to whose benefit – dictates how food you eat is produced, where it comes from and what you pay for it. It shapes rural communities, impacts climate change and biodiversity. Land politics both determine and are shaped by the distribution of subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), funded by public money. There is an intrinsic link between land and the CAP: More land means more subsidies, and a lack of transparency and concentration of power means powerful industry actors exert pressure to control access to land in order to reap the benefits of the CAP subsidies this land comes

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