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Make Soil Great Again!

As Earth Day approaches, it’s time to recommend some skin care for Mother Nature. Restoring soil fertility is one of humanity’s best options for making progress on three daunting challenges: Feeding everyone, weathering climate change and conserving biodiversity. [...]

20 April, 2017 // 0 Comments

CAP Greening | EFAs in Focus

Using a recent document by the Commission on Ecological Focus Areas - EFAs - this long read traces the story of The Common Agriculture Policy's EFAs. EFAs are up for discussion and consideration once again, as current Commissioner Phil Hogan seems intent on banning pesticides from these areas. They may, after all, emerge as a way to protect biodiversity and the ecosystem and agri services nature provides. In four parts. [...]

17 April, 2017 // 0 Comments

EESC Glyphosate Debate as it Unfolded

The momentum behind the European Citizens’ initiative (ECI) to Ban Glyphosate (#BanGlyphosate) brought the campaign all the way to the corridors of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in the EU quarter of Brussels Wednesday. Oliver Moore reports. [...]

5 April, 2017 // 0 Comments

EESC Meeting on #BanGlyphosate – Livestream

A European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has recently been launched to call on European Commission to propose a ban on glyphosate-based herbicides, "exposure to which has been linked to cancer in humans, and has led to ecosystems degradation" according to the ECI organisers. You can follow the debate live tomorrow, which includes Oliver Moore of ARC2020, at 11.30 CEST - Brussels time). [...]

4 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 // 0 Comments

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