Articles by ARC

Digital Revolution in Agriculture: Fitting for Agroecology?

There is lots of hype about digitisation in farming. There are important questions too, about ownership and power. What role for agroecology and the commons in this context? Vassilis Gkisakis and colleagues explored this topic at the Agroecology Europe forum in October. Here they outline their discussions. [...]

15 January, 2018 // 0 Comments

EU | Fertilizers, Permanent Grasslands and EFAs – Brussels Briefing

From 1st January, a series of changes in the Common Agriculture Policy have been in effect. Agreed on 12th December, the so-called Omnibus was entered into the official EU record on 29th December. These changes are variously described as simplifications or improvements. But are they? [...]

8 January, 2018 // 0 Comments

UK | The Yorkshire Dales – How Changing CAP legislation Impacts People and Place

The Yorkshire Dales is an upland area of Yorkshire, Northern England. Agriculture has been an integral part of the area's culture and economy for thousands of years. A hill farm agricultural system is upheld here, with sheep as the primary livestock, although many have diversified into mixed beef systems, and dairy operations in the lower valleys. How has CAP - and its changes over time - impacted on this place and its people? [...]

7 January, 2018 // 0 Comments

Martin Häusling’s 10 Point Plan to Overhaul the CAP

Continuing in our series of CAP commentary from as wide a range of sources as possible, below we present the CAP position statement of MEP Martin Häusling. In it, he points to the folly of following an export and growth model for agri-food. Moreover, this model as it stands delivers little by way of environmental goods, or for animal welfare or the rural economy. He also emphasises the specific benefits of organic farming, while giving us ten points for major CAP reform. [...]

14 December, 2017 // 0 Comments

CAP Communication – reactions

Here we present a range of perspectives on the recent CAP Communication by Commissioner Phil Hogan. A range of farmer organisations, NGOs, experts and others are represented. [...]

5 December, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hogan’s CAP Communication & ARC2020 Analysis

The new CAP Communication betrays a lack of ambition, a worrying move towards reliance on the financial sector, a lack of focus on rural areas or on some major issues. However, the results based initiative - which risking re-nationalisaiton to an extent - is at least novel and thought provoking. It potentially involves give and take by Member States with justifications accompanying subsidiarity. [...]

29 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

Texting Cows, AGTech & the Future of Farming in Germany

Automation and digitisation are rising in farming and the broader agri-food sector. Germany - industrial powerhouse of Europe - seems an obvious place to embrace AGTech. From precision farming and data ownership to embodied energy and cost, what are the opportunities, the impacts and the implications? And how are agroecologists responding? [...]

26 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

Omnibus Passes Ag Committee – Analysis

what amounts to a mini CAP reform has just passed a crucial stage towards becoming law. There is but a single plenary (all MEPs) vote in the Parliament left, most likely in December. So what was agreed and what does it mean? [...]

23 November, 2017 // 2 Comments

Why Did MEPs Reject 3 GM Crops Last Month?

One of a series of significant votes in the European Parliament on 24th October last involved the rejection of the authorisation of GM crops. So what reason did the MEPs give for reject these crops? [...]

21 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

What is Resilience in the Rural Context?

"resilience strategies can only be fully judged when we make clear and explicit our values, the specific qualities we wish to preserve, and the price we are willing to pay in the long run." [...]

19 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

Three Big European Parliament Votes Rock Corporate Ag

Fertilizer, herbicide and GM crops. 24th October 2017 saw not one but three significant votes in the European Parliament on each of these topics. Considering how these plenary votes went, it may be the case that, when it comes to agri-food policy matters, the tide is turning. So what happened, and what's next? [...]

1 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

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31 October, 2017 // 0 Comments

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