Bert Schouwenburg, described online as the International Officer of the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trade Union (GMB) and board member of the Fairtrade Foundation UK, wrote to a leading British satirical magazine Private Eye about the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
He added another point to those made by their columnist:
“The single most important reason British farmers are so dependent upon the CAP is the exploitative behaviour of the big supermarket chains, who use their monopoly purchasing power to push farm gate prices through the floor.
“Without the CAP money most farms would have to charge more for their produce or simply go out of business.“It therefore follows that, in effect, the taxpayer is subsidising the supermarkets to the tune of £3.5bn, i.e. the amount UK farmers get from Brussels per year.
“At least British farmers are able to get some compensation from the EU. No such luck for their counterparts on smallholdings and plantations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, who are screwed into the ground by the giant European retailers.”