What does get more than 1/3 of the total European budget? Agriculture!
Despite the recent drop in the funds given to the fields, from the next year the Old continent’s farmers will get about 39% of our money, which makes it one of the two sectors most funded by the Union (the other is the sustainable growth).
The group of activists and journalists behind the cross-country data journalism project farmsubsidy.org, led by Brigitte Alfter and …..
Jack Thurston, will hold a session at the next Friday Data Harvest event.
There they will release new data about subsidies given by the EU to landowners and we (I’m going!) will be able to work on them.
The question is: What is it supposed we can use them for?
Answer: to check how much the farming companies .really get
In fact in the farmsubsidy.org website, it is possible to see the names of the recipients and how much they get. So if you want to see the funds given to Nestlè you can do it. But it would be a useless data if we don’t compare it with others, such the other less famous farms listed there.
Or, better, we might stumble on something really interesting in the case we combine those ones to other data, like a list of farms by size or type of agriculture system.
For this reason I have done a list of theme that I will ask to help me to sort out to the programmers at the workshop:
- the amount given to the European big farms and a comparison between these and what the small ones get
- the numbers of the financial help given to the farms of each Country, to see how much the ones that have joined the European Union before the 2004 get compared to the ones that have joined later
- several comparison between what different farms typologies get:
- Is the landgrapping companies funded by the EU?