Renate Künast, the German minister for consumer protection, food and agriculture, insisted this week that strict economies are kept within the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in order to reduce the share of the EU budget that is spent on agriculture. Several central and eastern European countries have applied for membership of the EU body, and as preparations are made to widen its influence to the east, Künast argues that reform of CAP is essential, with a new focus on subsidies for environmentally friendly farming rather than production linked intensive farming.