The Context of European Agriculture
This chapter sets the context for the analysis of European agriculture in particular countries in Chapter 2. It outlines the main features of European agriculture. It assesses the contribution of technology to the current and future shape of European agriculture. The role of the financial sector in facilitating change in agriculture is discussed. It reviews the main linkages of European agriculture with its supply industries and the food processing sector. European agriculture is placed within its global setting, and it is emphasised that agriculture is subsidised in almost all advanced industrial countries.
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