Latest from EU Member States

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

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

Who Picked British Fruit & Veg Before Migrant Workers?

With Brexit, migration and veg shortages, now is a great time to better understand who picked Britain's fruit and veg in the past. We take a trip with Caroline Nye, encountering 14th Century Irish and modern day Ukrainian migrants. [...]

28 February, 2017 // 0 Comments

Bellis | What Role for Rural Cooperation in Greece?

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. [...]

23 February, 2017 // 1 Comment

4pour1000 Launch Biological Soil Indicators Consultation

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 [...]

20 February, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yiorgos Psychas on Crisis, Land Access & Deep Change

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. [...]

12 February, 2017 // 0 Comments

#WHES17 | 18,000+ Fed Up with Agro Industry

18,000 people took to the streets of Berlin on 21 January 2017. Together they demonstrated for healthy food, a more rural and ecological farming and fair trade. Farmers from all across Germany joined the demonstration. [...]

23 January, 2017 // 0 Comments

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