Rolling green fields, happy animals and rosy-cheeked fruit-pickers: that's the classic storybook image of farming that many of us grow up with, but the reality is often far from that ideal. We bring you a special edition of Talking Europe focused on the challenges facing Europe's farmers. In this first part of the show, we head to Greece and Poland.
In Greece, thousands of young people who have found their university diplomas useless in the post-financial crisis context, have returned to family plots of land to grow crops and raise animals. But low prices for their products mean for many it’s a subsistence, not a business. Our reporter Luke Brown went to meet several of these young farmers.
We also speak to Greece's alternate agriculture minister, Yannis Tsironis, about the challenges facing his country's farmers.
Meanwhile, our correspondent Gulliver Cragg takes us to Poland where farmers, despite large subsidies, still receive low incomes.
Greeck alternate agriculture minister
Head of Greek agriculture policy, EU fund management