Planned reforms of Common Agricultural Policy under fire
24 June 2013 Last updated at 05:41 BST
Members of the European Commission are due to hold talks on Monday to reform the controversial Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The CAP began in 1962 as a way to increase food production. It costs around $75bn (£48.7bn) per year in subsidies to farmers, funded by taxpayers.
The Commission wants farmers to earn some of their subsidies, for example by protecting the environment, but farm ministers are fighting back.
The BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin reports.