Does the European community still need a Common Agricultural Policy?
European agriculture and the CAP tells us a lot about the challenges and
dilemmas that have faced, and continue to face, the European Community since
it was first established. It reminds us just how economically diverse the EU
member states are, and, when looked at historically from 1962 until today, it
helps to demonstrate that the European Community is a dynamic international
political system, which is complex and subject to various influences. Our
parents and grandparents did not always have the choice, quantity and quality
of food that we can now take for granted and yet the CAP now has new problems
facing it, such as those relating to the environment. Students will
investigate the need for a CAP and its priorities.