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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

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

After the #AfterCAP Debate | Where Now ?

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. [...]

14 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

Soup & Talk 2017 | Sharing Ideas, Inspiring Action

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. [...]

8 February, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Three Most Important Human Health Implications of Organic Food

“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.” [...]

3 February, 2017 // 0 Comments

Farmers spray EU Council with Milk Powder

European dairy farmers protested in Brussels against the sale of EU intervention milk powder and in favour of the introduction of a permanent crisis instrument. [...]

24 January, 2017 // 0 Comments

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