The environmental impact of industrial scale farming is considered in this article by the Guardian. With the existence of large EU subsidies for many farms and their crops, the incentive is there for farmers to mass produce on a scale that is simply not sustainable in the long-term without causing some significant harm to the environment. The natural bird and insect population of Europe is already in a slow decline and this is projected to continue as farmers are effectively paid to remove hedgerows in favour of crops. With a strong farm lobby in favour of continued subsidies, what are the prospects for Europe's natural habitats? This is a good article to use when studying economic subsidies and government intervention, corporate social responsibility and business ethics. [Click on image to read full article].