Dear friends and supporters of ARC Welcome to the latest issue of the ARC NEWSFLASH!  March has seen a number of fantastic guest blogs be submitted to us from across the globe. Sophie Herbert, EU nature Policy officer at BirdLife Europe provided an article about EU environment ministers failing to stand up for nature in the face of farm lobby interests. This was followed by an article from the RSPB about a group of farmers that travelled to Brussels to call for greater support for environmental measures in the CAP. Véronique Rioufol from Terre de Liens raised the issue of land access, whilst our partners at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy  in the US provided us with an insight into controlling crop price volatility. If you want to write a piece for our site, simply send your article to the email address below. This month ARC2020 also issued a press release with BirdLife Europe, The European Environmental Bureau, WWF, IFOAM EU Group, Friends of the Earth Europe and Pesticide Action Network following the decision of the EU Commission’s health and consumers department to remove the obligation on countries and farmers to […]

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ARC2020’s reaction to the EU Commission’s legislative proposals for the future CAP

ARC2020 calls for a paradigm shift in agriculture and a rural renaissance. This vision is comprehensively outlined in our “Communication from Civil Society to the European Union Institutions” published in November 2010. The Communication was the result of an extensive and inclusive consultation of all our members at that time, and remains the definitive position paper. This most recent paper draws on the ARC Communication to provide a direct response to the legislative proposals for the CAP issued by the EU Commission in October 2011. The paper does not speak on behalf of the ARC members, it simply provides a stand-point that organisations and citizens can use for their own work and campaigns. While the legislative proposals offer some improvements to the status quo, ARC sees a need for a more radical overhaul of the current policy to ensure a truly sustainable future for citizens in Europe and worldwide. This is outlined below, in three parts: A. Direct Payments and Cross Compliance (Pillar 1 – EAGF) B. Food Security, Fair Trade and Aid, Food Supply […]