Groups target EU on sugar reform

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, WWF and Oxfam have joined forces to demand the EU reforms its sugar regime to the benefit of poor farmers and the environment.

The trio are lobbying environment minister Margaret Beckett ahead of an EU meeting later this month on sugar reform.

They want an end to overproduction and damage to the environment. 'Where and how we grow sugar has a massive impact on the environment,' said RSPB agriculture policy officer Harry Huyton. 'We should pay farmers to manage the countryside in a way that gives value for money to the taxpayer.'

The sugar regime is one of the final parts of the Common Agricultural Policy to be reformed under the 2003 reform agreement.

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