Flemish farmer busts conventional wisdom on EU farm policy


Community-supported model thrives without subsidies from Brussels

LEUVEN, Belgium — The EU does not spend much time thinking about farmers like Tom Troonbeeckx.

But as Brussels prepares to propose a reform of its landmark €58 billion-per-year Common Agricultural Policy in 2018, the softspoken Flemish farmer offers an alternative model to Europe’s conventional wisdom over the last half century.

Cats 3cTroonbeeckx runs 30 hectares of farmland near the Belgian city of Leuven, only 20 kilometers east of Brussels, without…

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