Agroecology

IPES Food Present Five Practical Solutions For a Sick Food System

In its new report, IPES Food Present Five Practical Solutions For a Sick Food System. How we think about it; who's involved; how it functions and the role of both alternative food provisioning and science all play a part in fixing a broken food system. [...]

9 October, 2017 // 0 Comments

4 Instruments, 1 Pillar & a Move to Food – EEB on CAP

Four new policy instruments have been proposed by the EEB - the European Environmental Bureau - for a future CAP. These instruments are put forward for use in the areas of ecosystems, rural development, healthy food and sustainable farming. [...]

12 September, 2017 // 0 Comments

Spain’s CAP Debate Part 3 – Dissenting Voices

In part three of this exclusive three parter on Spain's internal CAP debate, Marta Zygadlo puts forward the dissenting positions from Spain's CAP consultation position. The positions of two regions - Aragon and Navarre - and NGOs including Birdlife and WWF are put forward [...]

10 September, 2017 // 0 Comments

How To Better Preserve Mountain Grasslands

How can farmers, researchers and administrators work together to really preserve mountain grasslands, which are threatened with scrub encroachment and land abandonment? Dr. Ika Darnhofer outlines some findings from a recent paper Darnhofer and colleagues published. [...]

29 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

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

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

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

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