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Itai-itai! Cadmium, Mineral Fertilizers & a Tale of Two Reports

“Itai-Itai!” is the name of a disease that emerged in the early 20th Century in Japan, due to cadmium poisoning. The EU has been trying, unsuccessfully, to reduce cadmium exposure in its citizens for years. The source of cadmium contamination of European soil? Mineral fertilizers. [...]

6 August, 2017 // 0 Comments

Long Read | How to Feed the World Without Killing the Planet?

The issue of "land sparing vs land sharing": Kremen poses the familiar refrain - should we be as productive (in terms of yield) as possible, thus leaving more land for nature, or should we try to get farming and nature to work better together? [...]

2 August, 2017 // 0 Comments

Fair Food Trading in the EU – have your say

Who's got the power in the food system? A process is in motion to better understand and potentially change power relations and unfair trading practices in the production, distribution and consumption of food in the EU.You can contribute. For more, read on... [...]

28 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

July CAP briefing | Council, Stakeholders & Co-Financing

Progress towards a CAP Communication is ongoing, with two events recently. These have updated Minister and other stakeholders of the progress towards a making changes in the Common Agricultural Policy - CAP. They have also providing an opportunity to test the popularity of ideas and make the case for sector positions. Here's our July CAP roundup. [...]

19 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

Damning Food Brexit Report Demands “Time to Get Real”

As Brexit negotiations open, a report makes for worrying reading on the implications for food and farming. Interconnected problematic situations await the UK, yet there seems to be precious little of agri-food planning being done. Food Brexit: Time to Get Real Finds. [...]

17 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

UK | Sustain’s “Beyond 2020 – New Farm Policy”

NGOs are urging a root and branch reform of agricultural policy to take the place of the CAP in the post-Brexit years. The Sustain alliance has published a four-part policy briefing. This is part two of our mini series presenting two scenarios from the UK for life #AfterCAP. [...]

11 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

UK | A People’s Food Policy

A silver lining in the Brexit cloud is that people can radically rethink how food, farming and the rural space operate in the UK. What will this mean for direct payments, for environmental regulations, for food security - and who will do the hard work of farming? Finally, is some of this blue sky thinking of interest to the rest of Europe? [...]

9 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

Alan Matthews | Merkel’s Stance on Agricultural Policy

Alan Matthews points out that given the pivotal importance of Germany in shaping the future CAP, it is worth paying attention to what the CDU/CSU coalition have to say about agriculture in its just announced programme for government for the German elections in September. [...]

6 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

Important Access to Land Consultation Closing Soon

Progress is being made towards land access - and against land concentration - in the EU, with a consultation by the Finance Directorate General.You can read the DG FISMA consultation document and submit your own feedback. Closing date for submissions is very soon - the 7th July. [...]

5 July, 2017 // 0 Comments

Growing Food in the Post-Truth Era

The global food system has been operating in post-truth mode for decades. Having constructed food scarcity as a justification for a second Green Revolution, Big Agriculture now employs its unethical marketing tactics to selling farmers “climate-smart” agriculture in the form of soils, seeds and chemicals. [...]

2 July, 2017 // 1 Comment

New EU Organic Regulation Agreed

A preliminary agreement has been reached after 20 months of trilogue negotiations between EU Commission, Council of Ministers and European Parliament for a new organic regulation. The main outstanding issues, which delayed agreement for so long have either been settled or deferred. Here's what this means. [...]

29 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

Fairness & Solidarity in CAP | Committee of the Regions

Below we highlight the summary of the Committee of the Regions position on CAP as written by Euromontana - the European Association of Mountainous Regions. Fairness and solidarity emerge as key themes, with a strong emphasis on the rural. [...]

27 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

What a UK Negotiator Needs From a Minister

The UK is about to go into Brexit negotiations with a political maverick, Brexiteer Michael Gove, in charge of DEFRA. Here are are a few of his predecessors’ contributions to posterity: [...]

25 June, 2017 // 0 Comments

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

Michael Gove has taken over in the UK ministry which covers agricultural, food, rural affairs and the environment. He was central to the Brexit push and has links to US Neocons including the Tea Party - so he doesn't seem too keen on environmental regulations. By Miles King. [...]

20 June, 2017 // 1 Comment

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