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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

Crucial EFA Pesticide Vote in Parliament Wednesday

A vote in the European Parliament this coming Wednesday 14th June will be crucial in deciding whether pesticides will be banned from Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). It is a simple majority vote by MEPs, and it is likely to be tight. Here we outline what you can do, make the case for keeping pesticides out of EFAs, and myth bust some common misconceptions on pesticides and EFAs. [...]

11 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

COMAGRI Rejects Commission’s Pesticides & EFA Proposal

MEPs on the Agriculture Committee (COMAGRI) have rejected a proposal by the EU Commission to ban pesticides from Ecological Focus Areas. The proposal was part of a simplification initiative by the EU Commission, whereby a bundle of 14 changes in CAP greening rules were put forward. [...]

6 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

European Rural Sustainability Gathering 2017

The European Rural Sustainability Gathering 2017 - social economy, cooperatives and grassroots initiatives in rural Greece - begins tomorrow. We'll keep you updated during the event on social media - facebook and twitter - and with detailed, dedicated articles after the event. Here's all you need to know for now. [...]

16 May, 2017 // 0 Comments

Urban Farms Won’t Feed Our Cities, But They’re Still A Great Idea

Large-scale urban agriculture is on the rise globally, with more and more farms appearing in our cities. A far cry from allotments and community gardens, urban farms occupy much bigger spaces; they can employ people, regenerate huge neighbourhoods and give residents access to fresh produce on their doorsteps. [...]

11 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

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