When the CAP was first implemented in 1962, Europe saw a sudden boom in agriculture that saw an overabundance of crops. The environmental factors of such farming including more fertilizer runoff and land overuse. Today, farmers must do more to respect the environment by complying with standards in order to receive government subsidies.
Although the European Common Agricultural Policy has gone through many changes since it first started, the way it is in its current form does help the environment. This is because the farmers must keep their farm in a state that is environmentally friendly. This alone will help the environment very much.