Climate Change Policies and Agriculture in the EU and the U.S.
December 17, 2009
Climate change will have implications for the agricultural sector on both sides of the Atlantic, but policies chosen to address climate change are likely to have a more immediate impact. Tassos Haniotis, Director for Economic Analysis, Perspectives and Evaluation, EC Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Joe Glauber, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture discussed climate change policy considerations for the agricultural sector in the EU and U.S. respectively and addressed the following questions:
- Should agricultural producers be rewarded/encouraged to deliver public goods and how?
- In light of significant budget constraints, what kinds of policies are foreseen to help the agricultural sector adapt to climate change and play a role in climate change mitigation?
- If climate change and climate change policies are likely to increase price volatility, what kinds of safety nets for producers should be considered?
- How do/will these policies fit into the broader farm and rural development policies of the EU and U.S. respectively?