The Beef Market And Its Impact On Beef Production

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Here, the beef market, which is one of the largely influenced sectors by the CAP, is exemplified. Beef sector is long-standing tradition, which may primarily have cultural and classical implications, in the EU and subsidies have been historically imposed on beef production, whilst the CAP reforms have tended to reduce this support of beef production (). Owing to it, self-sufficiency accomplishes nearly 100% (European Commission, 2015a). Beef is one of the important foods providing multi-nutrition such as protein, vitamin and iron, though it is a sutured fat food, and cheap-priced beef can cause health inequlity on account of that consumers can easier access to and tend to purchase beef compared to much healthier productions such as…show more content…
Besides, although the EU has banned hormone-used beef, this kind of beef has appeared on the global market (Trumbull et al, 2007: 2). Thus, it is a tendency that food safety is paid attention from people and has become more prominent in trade negotiations (European Commission, 2004: 6). In other words, lack of common standards potentially discourages fair opportunity in international trade; it could be forfeit higher hygiene standards, which is prioritised by FAO in agriculture (Beghin, 2014: 7; Brunori, 2013: 22). In order to remove those emotions, providing safe foods is crucial and subsidies could be an important safeguard for food safety for most EU citizens (Paul, 2013: 8; Trumbull et al, 2007: 2). Notwithstanding, it is criticised within the EU, though subsidies can be closely connected to national economy and politics in some countries. Donald et al (2002: 176) and Halderman and Nelson (2005: 7) speculated that if the EU reduced subsidies or gave up the CAP support, EU could not export products which are imposed heavy financial support such as beef; consequently, agricultural sector would decline and induce mass unemployment and lower income level. Besides, in the case of France which is the largest recipient of CAP supports, French agriculture contributes to approximately 5% of the total EU economy; as an agriculture-rooted country, historically many people are
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