(ORDO NEWS) — As part of the European Union (EU) Green Deal, by 2050, Europe should become the first carbon-neutral continent. Despite the good intentions of this program, scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have presented models that indicate that the plan could negatively affect the climate in other regions of the world.
Oddly enough, in the fight against climate change, many countries forget that this is a “war” of the whole world. Until now, the “green” policy of some states causes great harm to the ecology of others
The Green Deal is set to make a significant difference to European agriculture in the coming years. By 2030, about a quarter of all agricultural land will be organically cultivated. The use of fertilizers and pesticides should be reduced by 20% and 50%, respectively. In addition, the EU plans to plant 3 billion trees and restore 25,000 kilometers of rivers.
However, the authors of the new study, although they find these measures important and reasonable, fear that many “harmful processes” will be outsourced to other countries. Today, the EU imports millions of tons of agricultural products every year. In 2019, a fifth of the crop was imported from overseas, including many meat and dairy products.
However, imports come from countries whose environmental legislation is much less stringent than in Europe. For example, since 1999 in EU agriculture, certain restrictions apply to genetically modified products. However, the study shows that Europe imports genetically modified soybeans and corn from Brazil, Argentina, the United States and Canada. “By importing goods from these countries, the EU is simply shifting environmental damage to other regions,
Scientists say that standards must be introduced all over the world, otherwise states only create the illusion of fighting a common enemy. The authors also believe that “the EU cannot impose its standards on other countries, but at the same time the union can require that the goods entering the European market meet their requirements.”
In addition, scientists are in favor of reducing the consumption of meat and dairy products. This would diversify the agricultural market within the EU and reduce imports.
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