Our 20 most-read Articles of 2017

What were ARC2020 readers most interested in 2017? Here is a list of the 20 most read articles for you in case you missed them or want to re-cap.

Looking forward into 2018 means for us to deepen the European dimension of reflection and action of European citizens on their own ambitions and needs when it comes to good food and sustainable farming. We will focus on how the omnibus and the CAP Communication unfolds – what sort of budget and financing will be heralded in for European food and farming policy? We’ll also track progress towards agroecology and critical rural issues, including the loss of land to farming and farmers to the countryside –  and what to do about these issues.

CAP Communication – reactions

Here we present a range of perspectives on the recent CAP Communication by Commissioner Phil Hogan. A range of farmer organisations, NGOs, experts and others are represented. [...]

5 December, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hogan’s CAP Communication & ARC2020 Analysis

The new CAP Communication betrays a lack of ambition, a worrying move towards reliance on the financial sector, a lack of focus on rural areas or on some major issues. However, the results based initiative - which risking re-nationalisaiton to an extent - is at least novel and thought provoking. It potentially involves give and take by Member States with justifications accompanying subsidiarity. [...]

29 November, 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

What is Rural Prosperity?

As part of our rural sociology RETHINK Modernisation series, we present an article on prosperity. What does it mean in the rural context? Is it about income, or is there more to it than that? [...]

9 November, 2017 // 0 Comments

Three Big European Parliament Votes Rock Corporate Ag

Fertilizer, herbicide and GM crops. 24th October 2017 saw not one but three significant votes in the European Parliament on each of these topics. Considering how these plenary votes went, it may be the case that, when it comes to agri-food policy matters, the tide is turning. So what happened, and what's next? [...]

1 November, 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

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

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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