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  • Hannes Lorenzen spoke with Vassileios Bellis ahead of the European Rural Sustainability Gathering in Thessaly, Greece 17-21st May 2017. Bellis is General Director of the Development Agency of Karditsa. [...]
  • The aim of the 4pour1000 initiative (4per1000 in English) is to increase carbon in the soil by 0.04%. This could help halt the annual increase in Co2 in the atmosphere. The initiative is seeking expert comments on biological soil indicators by 15th March. Mario Cattizone has more [...]
  • Wrapping up this third curated debate, we in ARC2020 begin to draw elements of a road map for how the Common Agricultural Policy could evolve. The timing is perfect - the European Commission has recently launched a consultation on modernisation and simplification of the CAP. Let's use this #AfterCAP debate as a springboard to delve deeper into Europe's agri-food and rural policies. [...]
  • Yiorgos Psychas is member of a grassroots network in Greece called Iliosporoi (sunflower seed) working towards social, political and ecological transition in rural and urban areas of Greece. ARC2020's Hannes Lorenzen spoke with Yiorgos. [...]
  • After the “We Are Fed Up!" demonstration is before the action! At the Soup&Talk event Farmers, organisers and activists from Germany, Europe and overseas reported on their campaigns, successes, their resistance and innovations in food and farming. [...]
  • “Cadmium exposure, pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria all result in costs to society that are not typically included in the price of the fertiliser, plant protection product, or antibiotic drug. Although difficult to estimate accurately, these costs may be substantial and represent negative production externalities.” [...]
  • ARC2020 has obtained an advance, as yet unpublished copy of the European Commission's upcoming CAP consultation questions. [...]

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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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