Europe’s agriculture policy seriously damages people’s healthBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39510.377627.C2 (Published 06 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:526
- Roger Dobson
Around 9000 deaths a year result from the European Union’s common agriculture policy (CAP), a new report says.
The study attributes some 7000 deaths from cardiovascular causes and 2000 from stroke to CAP, which has a major influence on nutrition across Europe, including increasing the availability and consumption of products containing saturated fats (Bulletin of the World Health Organization doi: 10.2471/BLT.07.042069).
“CAP reforms are urgently required,” the authors write. “CAP, while established on the basis of sound public health principles, may now have become a hazard to public health throughout the EU and may be promoting inequalities in health through the types of food consumed. …