Within the EU, a gift of money from the European Parliament to persuade a farmer to take land out of agricultural production, in order to cut down on the creation of surpluses; ‘in the arable sector, set-aside is interpreted as delivering extensification through an overall lowering of output from individual farms’ (Evans et al. (2002) PHG26, 4). Robinson and Lind (1999) Tijdschrift 90, 3 find that limited conservation gains have been realized through EU set-aside. In 2007, European Union agriculture ministers suspended set-aside payments, recognizing that current EU farm policy is helping to drive up cereal prices.
Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.