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Chairman of the EP Agriculture Committee visits the Royal Highland Show

On 24 June, the Chairman of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, Paolo de Castro MEP, visited the Royal Highland Show.  

The Royal Highland Show, is Scotland's leading outdoor event showcasing all that's best in Scottish farming, food and countryside.   The 2010 took place at Ingliston, near Edinburgh from 24-27 June and attracted al most 180,000 visitors over the four days.

Mr De Castro addressed a Scottish Government seminar on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, which was chaired by Scottish Agriculture Minister Richard Lochhead MSP and also addressed by EU Agriculure Commissioner Dacian Ciolos.

Mr De Castro told the audience that "food, water and energy risk becoming increasingly scarce resources as demand and consumption grow together with the world's population and wealth."  He warned that: "Environmental vulnerability will lead to social and economic vulnerability and be a risk for future generations."  Mr De Castro also said: "We want to look at the rules to see if we can give more power to farmers. We see the price of food rising for the consumer and we see the price of food falling for the farmer. That is wrong and we must strengthen this weak link in the food chain."

The meeting was also attended by two Scottish MEPs who are Members of the European Parliament Agriculture Committee, Alyn Smith MEP and George Lyon MEP, as well as the Chair of the Scottish Parliament European Committee, Irene Oldfather MSP.