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When is enough taxpayer aid enough?

The high dependence of Irish family farm income on public support must give pause for thought.

Much ado about nothing in TTIP leaks on food safety standards

The Greenpeace leak of the consolidated text of the TTIP SPS chapter shows how unwarranted the fuss about TTIP and food safety has been.

Milk policy in the EU – a case of policy incoherence

Member states want to restrict milk supply on the one hand while subsidising milk production on the other.

The dependence of EU farm income on public support

EU farms remain hugely dependent on public transfers and direct payments

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Alan Matthews

Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy in the Department of Economics at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. His major research interests are agricultural policy analysis, the impact of international trade on developing countries, and computable general equilibrium analysis of trade and agricultural policy reforms. He has worked as a consultant to the European Parliament, the OECD, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the UN Industrial Development Organisation, and has been a panel member in a number of WTO Dispute Settlement procedures. He is a former President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists but writes here in a personal capacity.