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  • How does a rural community plan for the future when it is literally living below sea level? In this excerpt from the book ā€œRural Europe on the Move: A travel guide to transitionsā€, Hannes Lorenzen shares the story of his home island of Pellworm on Germanyā€™s North Frisian coast, where the community has come together in the face of climate change, rising sea levels, and other threats to its survival. […]
  • To mark the publication of the Meat Atlas 2021, we are republishing a selection of our favourite articles. In this one, Peter Birke brings attention to poor labour conditions in the global meat industry. The pandemic has put a spotlight on this issue, but it is by no means new. EU food trade unions call for a bloc-wide response. […]
  • Here we publish a short extract on farm diversification from the recent Feeding Ourselves Policy Document. In this piece, Matteo Metta widens the focus of diversification, while also addressing some blind spots on data gaps and value adding. For more from Matteo and many others,Ā download the full report in the article.Ā  […]
  • To mark the publication of the Meat Atlas 2021, we will republish a selection of our favourite articles. Here, Lisa Tostado introduces the Atlas, with a big picture take on changes in meat production and consumption in recent decades. The MEAT ATLAS 2021 is jointly published by Heinrich Bƶll Stiftung, Berlin, Germany Friends of the Earth Europe, Brussels, Belgium Bund fĆ¼r Umwelt und Naturschutz, Berlin, Germany. […]
  • Few people realize how their food comfort zone is shrinking. Where we are now is the starting point for an ecologically and biologically-based agricultural revolution. And it starts with the soil. We must adopt an ecosystem approach to identify sustainable food systems that can exist within our planet’s boundaries, argues Stuart Meikle in the first of a four-part series.Ā  […]
  • The European Court of Auditors (ECA) most recent relevant report on CAP and climate outlines a host of serious issues and a under performances by the policy, while also making some suggestions for big, achievable climate wins. However, we in ARC2020 were a little taken aback by how the paper treated organic farming – funded as it is under CAP – and its climate impact. […]
  • Are we beginning to see carbon ā€“ the fundamental building block of all life ā€“ as a pollutant? Instead of demonising carbon as a cause of climate breakdown, we need to restore balance in the natural carbon cycle that has been disrupted by the use of artificial fertilisers. In advance of his upcoming series on farming within planetary boundaries, Stuart Meikle offers a primer on the complex role of carbon in our soils.Ā  […]
  • The European Citizensā€™ Initiative ā€˜Save Bees and Farmers!ā€™ alliance – a network of civil society organisations in agriculture, health and environmental protection – is calling on the European Commission to propose legislation to phase out synthetic pesticides by 2035, to restore biodiversity, and to support farmers in the transition. […]
  • Weā€™re back on the Montado do Freixo do Meio in Portugal, where exciting plans are afoot to have the community farm recognised as a Private Protected Area. Farmer and owner Alfredo Cunhal Sendim, a member of the Freixo do Meio Users Cooperative, explains their vision of a strong and organised community to safeguard the natural system, and how this ties into the cooperativeā€™s broader visions of agroecology, permaculture and food sovereignty. […]

Vision and Strategy for Rural Europe

For just and sustainable Europe, rural considerations have to be integrated into the plans for Covid-19 recovery, for CAP and for the EU Green Deal. Find the series here.

This Month’s Articles

Missed an article of ours? Or would like to read it again? Find all our articles from this month here. Or browse through our chronological archive that stores all articles here.

Letter from the Farm

Who grows the food we eat? Who sows the seeds, tends the soil, picks the fruits and harvests the carrots? At ARC, we want to put faces to our food.

CAP Strategic Plans

Each EU Member State, at present, is writing its National CAP Strategic Plan. Will they pave the way for sustainable agriculture, forestry, and rural development? Read our policy analysis.

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Save Bees and Farmers

The European Citizensā€™ Initiative ā€˜Save Bees and Farmers!ā€™ needs to reach at least 1 million signatures by the end of September.