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Tweets of the Week – 09/2020

Our weekly Twitter round up of great content from our kindred network: a Friday treat for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy what we’ve found for you on twitter. Some common misconceptions about grazing, GHGs, and soil C I’ve heard that negate the actual science (a thread): 1. “Properly managed cattle on grasslands sequester enough C to offset all their GHGs”A: sometimes, but that’s certainly not unilaterally true. — Paige Stanley (@paigestanley_ag) February 20, 2020 La @ConfPaysanne, des syndicats et associations, dont Attac, demandent un plan de transition sociale et écologique de notre #agriculture : – arrêt des aides publiques à l'agriculture industrielle– soutien à l'agriculture paysanne et biologique#SIA2020 — Attac France (@attac_fr) February 23, 2020 EFA uptake dominated by N-fixing crops and catch crops, and under standard, and even pollinator-friendly, management, they don't provide many resources for pollinators. — Jane Stout (@JaneCStout) February 21, 2020 1) This finding in the new @IPCC_CH flew under the radar: there's a little known tradeoff about "extensive" vs "intensive" pasture-based livestock production. Intensifying grazing systems is often reported […]

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Commission’s Dodgy Calculations Improve CAP’s Climate Impact

The “Green Deal” Commission promises big spending on climate. If climate markers are to be believed, the current CAP accounts for 22% of the EU’s climate spending. The post-2020 CAP is poised to take even more climate credit. But the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) claims the Commission’s climate markers miss the mark. In a report released earlier this month the IEEP sounds the alarm on faulty climate accounting and greenwashing of direct payments. […]

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Organic Land Area in Germany Passes 10%

Growth in organics in Germany continues on all fronts, bucking trends in conventional farming and food markets.In Germany, the organic land area has now passed 10%, having grown 50% in the last five years. Where is the growth occurring, and does the market match or exceed the land area? […]

The Week's Top Tweets

Tweets of the Week – 08/2020

Our weekly Twitter round up of great content from our kindred network: a Friday treat for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy what we’ve found for you on twitter. Best pay for ecosystem restoration separately (as already through CAP). Misleading & undermines climate action/accounting to treat highly uncertain, unreliable land C *flows* as equiv to land C stocks, let alone price them same as unextracted fossil C. Reward low N wld be better. — Paul Price (@swimsure) February 17, 2020 The EU aims to create common data spaces to increase the quality of services when it comes to agriculture & healthcare, according to a Commission data strategy draft seen by EURACTIV. — EURACTIV Agri & Food (@eaAgriFood) February 17, 2020 L'industrie des #pesticides, aidée de pays comme les USA et le Canada, fait un #lobbying forcené pour que L'UE autorise l'importation sur son territoire de produits contenants des résidus de pesticides qui y sont interdits. @lemondefr sur notre rapport 1/ — Martin Pigeon (@mpceo) February 17, 2020 Great piece by @keith_JCFJ highlighting the risks to […]

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Awkward Alignment – How will Green Deal Momentum and the CAP Process Work Together?

There are a number of policy imperatives coming together, all of which related in some way to farming, food and rural Europe. While CAP clanks on, the EU Green Deal and its Farm2Fork component have more ambition and perhaps momentum. But how will these policy proposals work out their differences, with pressure from some many angles bearing down on them? Oliver Moore sketches out the terrain. […]

The Week's Top Tweets

Tweets of the Week – 07/2020

#FarmToFork strategy: #EPlenary to quiz @jwojc on 13/02 at 9am on ways to make EU farming more sustainable while ensuring that farmers can continue to deliver high-quality products, remain competitive & receive fair support. More info & webstreaming links: — AGRI Committee Press (@EP_Agriculture) February 12, 2020 German #organic market grew by 10% in 2019 to nearly 6% of total retail sales, according to Diana Schaack of AMI @BioFachVivaness — Nic Lampkin (@LampkinNic) February 12, 2020 Fact-check : Are Germany’s nitrate levels false? — EURACTIV Agri & Food (@eaAgriFood) February 13, 2020 Using the CAP to support the European Green Deal requires generous budget for ecoschemes, linking interventions to national impact targets, and facilitating restructuring of wider food system according to @IDDRI_ThinkTank — Alan Matthews (@xAlan_Matthews) February 13, 2020 We welcome the fact that the EU’s agriculture commissioner @jwojc wants to crack down on intensive animal farming! The EU ought to minimise suffering and protect farm animals, said our @Olga_CIWF. Read the article by @gerardofortuna & @NatashaFoote🔽 — Compassion in […]

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Trouble With The Neighbours: Living Next Door to an Agri-Giant

How do you get an organic farm off the ground with an agri-giant operating in the neighbouring field? Coming back to the land after a high flying career in New York City, Libor Kožnar expected the first year to be the hardest. What he didn’t expect was to find himself in a legal dispute with Agrofert, the sprawling agribusiness empire founded by the Czech prime minister. […]

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Book Extract | Of Seeds and Land Seizures in Sicily

Platforming the dynamic ways rural Europe has responded the key challenges of this time, the new book by Forum Synergies is an call to get stuck in. Read the final chapter on how Sicilian youth have organised access to land for young people, how to confront political uncertainty, why to pay attention to seeds and the value of an experimental spirit. […]

The Week's Top Tweets

Tweets of the Week – 06/2020

Our weekly Twitter round up of great content from our kindred network: a Friday treat for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy what we’ve found for you on twitter. Progress towards measuring and reducing risks from pesticide use in the #EU has been limited, according to our new report 👇 — European Court of Auditors (@EUauditors) February 5, 2020 #PAC et subsidiarité: vers une nouvelle gouvernance européenne — Samuel Féret (@sam_feret) February 6, 2020