Climate change will have far-reaching impacts on European farming, a joint meeting of EU environment and agriculture ministers heard on Sunday. Agriculture could even be wiped out across much of southern Europe, experts said. The sector was warned to prepare and adapt.
The joint session was hosted by the UK government, which has made climate change a priority of its current EU presidency term. UK environment and agriculture minister Margaret Beckett, who chaired the meeting, and EU environment commissioner Stavros Dimas both said they hoped the talks would stimulate further integration of environmental factors into farming policies.
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