IEEP Logo white small

CAP and Food

For more information
on the CAP and Food
programme, please contact:

Harriet Bradley- IEEP Head of Programme, CAP and Food
Harriet Bradley

Head of programme


Food and farming systems have a critical role to play in addressing the key environmental challenges of our time. European food systems are currently unsustainable and transforming them will be key to limiting climate change, reversing biodiversity loss, limiting water and air pollution and preserving resources such as water and soil. Addressing these challenges will in turn support resilience of EU food production and hence contribute to long term food availability. Both production and consumption need to be addressed in a complementary way if this transition is to take place without simply transferring the EU’s environmental “foodprint” overseas.


IEEP has been closely involved in seeking to improve the environmental focus of EU agriculture policy, including the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) since the 1980s. We provide informed analysis and innovative thinking to stimulate debates, building on our in-depth understanding of this policy area.

Key priorities

Refocusing the CAP towards environmental objectives

Stepping up policy action on sustainable consumption, both at EU and Member State level

Defining policies that can promote a just transition for rural communities and producers

Latest news

This paper is an overview of the rural policy framework post-2020, developed for the SHERPA platform. It presents the latest developments regarding EU policies that ...

Latest publications

A comprehensive survey of 600+ experts reveals that 61% of respondents are cautiously optimistic about the European Green Deal’s resilience following the 2024 European elections; ...