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  • “Itai-Itai!” is the name of a disease that emerged in the early 20th Century in Japan, due to cadmium poisoning. The EU has been trying, unsuccessfully, to reduce cadmium exposure in its citizens for years. The source of cadmium contamination of European soil? Mineral fertilizers. [...]
  • The issue of "land sparing vs land sharing": Kremen poses the familiar refrain - should we be as productive (in terms of yield) as possible, thus leaving more land for nature, or should we try to get farming and nature to work better together? [...]
  • Who's got the power in the food system? A process is in motion to better understand and potentially change power relations and unfair trading practices in the production, distribution and consumption of food in the EU.You can contribute. For more, read on... [...]
  • Mainstream UK media have presented Brexit minister David Davis (left, without negotiating papers) as the public face of the country’s progress with Brexit talks. However, the press has studiously overlooked the back-room activities of the international trade minister [...]
  • Progress towards a CAP Communication is ongoing, with two events recently. These have updated Minister and other stakeholders of the progress towards a making changes in the Common Agricultural Policy - CAP. They have also providing an opportunity to test the popularity of ideas and make the case for sector positions. Here's our July CAP roundup. [...]
  • As Brexit negotiations open, a report makes for worrying reading on the implications for food and farming. Interconnected problematic situations await the UK, yet there seems to be precious little of agri-food planning being done. Food Brexit: Time to Get Real Finds. [...]

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Scenarios for UK life #AfterCAP

A silver lining in the Brexit cloud is that people can radically rethink how food, farming and the rural space operate in the UK. What will this mean for direct payments, for environmental regulations, for food security - and who will do the hard work of farming? Finally, is some of this blue sky thinking of interest to the rest of Europe? Food Brexit: Time to Get Real Finds.

Debate: #AfterCAP

aftercapAgriculture, food and the rural seem to have been placed at the back of the queue: massive cuts in the agriculture and rural administration of the Commission; a mere communication by Commissioner  Hogan rather than the usual mid-term review; talk of a move of CAP money to external security and migration policy. What's next? We are looking forward to hear your opinion! Join the ARC2020 #AfterCAP Debate.

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