EU - Big Agri Swallowing Up Small Farms

Arno Froese

Protecting natural resources such as land, water and seeds is key to general public interest in the face of climate, environmental, and social emergencies. Recent demonstrations in France against proposed mega-basins—and the resultant acts of police violence against demonstrators—are just one example of how citizens are increasingly taking action to protect common interests from private companies and governments that prioritize profit, not people.

Agricultural land makes up 38 percent of EU territory and as attention has honed in on climate struggles and making European agriculture more sustainable, land is featuring more prominently on the European political agenda, sitting at the crux of many current agricultural and societal issues.

According to research carried out at the request of the European Parliament’s AGRI committee, by 2040 the EU could lose an additional 6.4 million farms, leaving a total of about 3.9 million across the EU (a loss of 62 percent compared to 2016).

Farms are growing in size and this move to larger, industrial models allows multi-national companies to increase their own short-term profits, while passing on the long-term costs to farm workers, animals, citizens and the planet.

Perhaps the most concerning element for European citizens is the fact that European policy—and therefore taxpayer money—is funding and driving harmful land concentration.

For example, CAP subsidies are paid per hectare, encouraging companies and farmers to consider land as an asset and speculate as much land as possible in order to receive more money, with few restrictions on how that land must be used., 14 April 2023

Arno's Commentary

Not only in Europe but also around the world, the end of the individual, family-operated farm is coming. Of significant interest are the results. Farmers are producing increasingly more food products year by year. No one can deny that the subsidized agricultural industry is doing a rather fantastic job.

Based on a Google search, EU spending on agricultural subsidies is more than $40 billion a year. For the year 2020, the US government spent $46.1 billion on agricultural subsidies, with significant reduction in 2021 to $27.8 billion. reports on farm subsidies totaling $477.9 billion from 1995 to 2021. The top five states receiving subsidies are: Texas at $44 billion, then Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Kansas at $27 billion.

The super success is undeniable. Go to any supermarket and you will find an amazing assortment of high-quality food, at significantly lower cost than just a few decades ago; namely, an overabundance.

After Adam had trespassed, the Lord God declared: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground” (Genesis 3:19a). There is no longer the need for hard physical labor to produce bread; machines do it today. That’s just another step toward becoming independent of God the Creator. Yet He is the Almighty who says, “till thou return unto the ground.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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