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Agroecology | A Tale of Two Continents

Agroecology is commonly understood as a science, a movement, and a practice, jointly transforming agroecosystems to less fossil fuel dependent, more autonomous and more resilient farming systems. Agroecologic practices and research have evolved and are being applied around the globe. What unites these movements, what separates them? How is it different in Europe compared to Latin America? Is there a universal approach to agroecology? [...]

15 January, 2018 // 0 Comments

Martin Häusling’s 10 Point Plan to Overhaul the CAP

Continuing in our series of CAP commentary from as wide a range of sources as possible, below we present the CAP position statement of MEP Martin Häusling. In it, he points to the folly of following an export and growth model for agri-food. Moreover, this model as it stands delivers little by way of environmental goods, or for animal welfare or the rural economy. He also emphasises the specific benefits of organic farming, while giving us ten points for major CAP reform. [...]

14 December, 2017 // 0 Comments

Drones & CAP Compliance – savvy surveying or surveillance state?

Somewhere between convenience, efficiency, cost saving and a comprehensive EU surveillance mega state, the use of drones and other in-the-sky technologies for ensuring CAP compliance represents, as it were, a Brave New World. Helene Schultz unpacks the details. [...]

10 December, 2017 // 0 Comments

Ireland’s “Livestock-Industrial-Complex”

This long read by Frank Armstrong gives a background into what he calls the livestock industrial complex. Part history, part contemporary agri-food overview, part health and environmental case and part personal note, this article is speaks of power and how it operates in different spheres. These include politics, media and nutritional advice, all through the prism of livestock farming in Ireland. [...]

6 December, 2017 // 0 Comments

Texting Cows, AGTech & the Future of Farming in Germany

Automation and digitisation are rising in farming and the broader agri-food sector. Germany - industrial powerhouse of Europe - seems an obvious place to embrace AGTech. From precision farming and data ownership to embodied energy and cost, what are the opportunities, the impacts and the implications? And how are agroecologists responding? [...]

26 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

Why Did MEPs Reject 3 GM Crops Last Month?

One of a series of significant votes in the European Parliament on 24th October last involved the rejection of the authorisation of GM crops. So what reason did the MEPs give for reject these crops? [...]

21 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

Contributors wanted

  Interested in European food, farming and rural policy matters? Do you have great writing skills and an ability to deliver content accurately and on time? Then you [...]

31 October, 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

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

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

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

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