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  • The Agricultural part of an omnibus regulation has been reached in Estonia. Omnibus regulation adjusts financing for the EU budget in agriculture and other areas. Changes to direct payments, rural development, common market organisation and horizontal regulation have been made in the Common Agricultural Policy. However concerns are being expressed at both the procedures and content of this Omnibus. [...]
  • In its new report, IPES Food Present Five Practical Solutions For a Sick Food System. How we think about it; who's involved; how it functions and the role of both alternative food provisioning and science all play a part in fixing a broken food system. [...]
  • With the date for the CAP communication fast approaching, protagonists antagonise each other while the Commission indicates that it may - in actual fact - do little of substance. [...]
  • There are some big and pressing topics in agri-food and for rural places. Some of these are ongoing – rural and farming depopulation, land access, agroecology, economic and ecological disparities in the Common Agricultural Policy – and others are new. So what's new - and what's worth covering in debate form? [...]
  • The Third European Rural Parliament will take place this year on October 18-21 in Venhorst in the Netherlands. So what is the European Rural Parliament? What are the topics and themes? And where is Venhorst anyway? [...]
  • Finally defeating the TPP is a necessary first step. Building the alternatives through agroecology will be a vital element of a new approach. IATP's Karen Hansen-Kuhn brings us some inspiration from farmer organisations in Mexico, from her 2016 visit. [...]
  • "(T)he effects of dosing whole landscapes with chemicals have been largely ignored by regulatory systems. This can and should be changed." Top pesticide advisors criticise weakness of global pesticide regulation [...]

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What are the Big Issues for Food, Farming & Rural Places?

There are some big and pressing topics in agri-food and for rural places. Some of these are ongoing – rural and farming depopulation, land access, agroecology, economic and ecological disparities in the Common Agricultural Policy – and others are new. So what’s new – and what’s worth covering in debate form?

Spain’s #CAP debate unpacked

In this three part series, Marta Zygadlo – a lawyer based in Spain who is now focusing on food systems and food governance, explores the fascinating CAP debate in the Iberian country. Part one introduces the broad contours of the debate, including the Spanish government’s response document to the European Commission CAP consultation.

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