Latest from EU Member States

Updates from EU Member States, including reports from ARC Web Correspondents

Who is UK’s new Ag Minister? Say Hello to Michael Gove

A new high profile politician has taken over in the UK ministry which covers Agricultural, food, rural affairs and the environment. His name is Michael Gove. He was central to the Brexit push, is famous for his statements about exerts, has links to US Neocons including the American Tea Party - so he doesn't seem too keen on environmental regulations. He also seems to favour a very neoliberal model of farming. By Miles King. [...]

20 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

Karditsa’s Social Economy – an Ecosystem of Collaboration

An important part of the recent European Rural Sustainability Gathering in Karditsa, Greece, was diverse set of field trips in the agricultural, economic and social spheres. These showcased some of the rural development initiatives in the Karditsa region - and how they are connected via an ecosystem of collaboration. Here we present a snapshot of the day. [...]

10 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

Ecological Focus Area in Germany: What Influences Farmers’ Decisions?

Catch crops (68%), fallow land (16.2%) and nitrogen fixing crops (11.8%) dominated ecological focus areas (EFAs) in Germany in 2015. Why is this? What influences farmers’ decisions on EFAs? One of the authors of a new peer reviewed publication on this topic, ARC2020 regular Sebastian Lackner, summarises the paper, in which he and colleagues interviewed a range of experts on the matter. [...]

1 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Mini Greek Odyssey with ARC2020 | #ERSG17

ARC2020's Communications Director spend a week on the road in rural Greece recently, with force of nature Pavlos Georgiadis – farmer, food producer, film maker, campaigner, social innovator and community manager with the exciting new GROW Observatory. Here's a snapshot of their trip. [...]

29 May, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rural Greece, Social Economy & Pathways Out of Crisis

"We invite you to listen, understand each other, share, dream contribute, enjoy and act to change and improve our societies." With these words of Forum Synergies' Philippe Barret, so began the European Rural Sustainability Gathering 2017 in Karditsa. [...]

24 May, 2017 // 0 Comments

CAP Consultation – Three Key Takeaways

The CAP consultation is complete, and the results are in. So who participated, and how representative was the process? Here ARC2020 presents the top three key insights from the information available so far. [...]

8 May, 2017 // 0 Comments

Traditional Seed Rules – Oceans Apart

As we build towards the European Rural Sustainability Gathering (ERSG) in Greece, 1 7-20th May, we publish now an exclusive interview with Shannon McCabe of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. This interview was conducted at the Peliti Olympic Seed Festival, which took place in Drama Greece last month. Peliti are co-organisers of the ERSG. [...]

4 May, 2017 // 0 Comments

Seeds of System Change | Peliti & Greece’s Olympic Spirit

In the build up to the Forum Synergies European Rural Sustainability Gathering 17-20th May, we continue our focus on grassroots initiatives in Greece. Here, we talk to Panagiotis Sainatoudis and Vasso Kanellopoulou. The chat happened at the 17th seed festival of Peliti and the first international Olympic Seed festival in Peliti, Drama, Greece 20-22 April. [...]

26 April, 2017 // 0 Comments

Forced Labour in the Fields – addressing it at policy & citizen level

Slavery still exists in the EU, with some horticultural produce coming from places with extreme, inhumane working conditions which fit the International Labour Organisation's definition of forced labour. There are ways to start dealing with this, at policy and local levels, including via community supported agriculture. [...]

13 March, 2017 // 0 Comments

New Report: Policies For Better Livestock Farming

A recent report for Eating Better points out that future policies towards livestock farming and trade in the UK and EU should support a shift to healthy sustainable diets. More coherent approaches to environmental objectives such as climate change, protecting nature and high animal welfare should be developed. [...]

12 March, 2017 // 0 Comments

Civil Society Unites To Demand CAP Transformation

Over 130 European CSOs and NGOs, including ARC2020, have today come together to demand better food and farming policies for Europe. The joint action, in the form of a Common Statement, coincides with a CAP consultation and the Agricultural and Fisheries Council meeting which starts at 10AM Monday 06/03/2017. [...]

5 March, 2017 // 0 Comments

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