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Poking Holes in Farm to Fork: Small Farmers have Solutions

Farm to Fork is the European Commission’s strategy to support an EU-wide transition to sustainable food production. The Roadmap for the new strategy was open for public consultation until last week. In the final instalment in this three-part series covering feedback on Farm to Fork so far, we look at comments from farmers and agricultural organizations. Hans Wetzels reports. […]

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Poking Holes in Farm to Fork: Health Groups Take The Strategy’s Temperature

The Farm to Fork strategy aspires to fix our broken food systems while advancing the EU’s sustainability goals. In this three-part series we hear what environmental, health and farming organisations have to say about Farm to Fork so far. Here, Natasha Foote reports on some of the key voices in the health sector to bring us their take on the strategy as it currently stands. […]

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Coping with Covid19 – the Open Food Network and the New Digital Order(s)

With Covid19, aka the coronavirus, come restrictions on people’s outdoor movements and gathering. This means that, while supermarkets are considered essential, it seems to be case by case for other food markets: instantly,  farmers markets are shutting all over Europe with serious consequences for small producers. Digital food platforms have never been more urgent. Open Food Network is perhaps the best example of a good food network that’s digitised, cooperative, open source, not for profit and ready for your community.  […]

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Poking Holes in Farm to Fork: Environmental Groups Seek a Coherent Vision

Healthy ecosystems are the foundation for food production, but they are pushed to breaking point by the current system. In the face of existential threats, Farm to Fork needs a coherent vision. Friends of the Earth Europe, WWF, Birdlife Europe, Greenpeace, ClientEarth and Pesticides Action Network weigh in on the European Commission’s Roadmap to food sustainability. […]

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Coping with Covid19 – Letter from a Brussels Lockdown

In our part of the street, some 100 meters, live 21 nationalities – we counted that at our last summer street festival, sharing food from across the world. Now we share our songs at 8 pm from our balconies, giving applause to the doctors and nurses trying to save lives. We are all Italians at this moment. We know we are just at the beginning of a huge challenge. We have no idea what is still to come. […]

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Tweets of the Week – 12/2020

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. Excellent @BBCFoodProg show on yes you guessed it – #COVID19 China, Italy and the UK.@DanSaladinoUK well done.@ProfTimLang and lots of good peeps on here.https://t.co/idM6r4tbyo — oliver moore (@oliver_moore) March 15, 2020 EMERGENCY: Coronavirus requires urgent action on food @UKsustain @FareShareUK @CPAGUK @IFAN_UK @TrussellTrust @ProfTimLang https://t.co/2ebTXL4POS — Vicki Hird 🐜🦗🐝 (@vickihird) March 15, 2020 "Disease, it turns out, is largely an environmental issue. Sixty percent of emerging infectious diseases that affect humans are zoonotic — they originate in animals. And more than two-thirds of those originate in wildlife."#waronnature #COVID19 https://t.co/hboqATLLVB — Irish Wildlife Trust (@Irishwildlife) March 15, 2020 “We cut the trees; we kill the animals or cage them and send them to markets. We disrupt ecosystems, and we shake viruses loose from their natural hosts. When that happens, they need a new host. Often, we are it.” Read this article. https://t.co/VFJJLRFvgU — Oonagh Duggan (@NatureNymph) March 18, […]

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Tweets of the Week – 11/2020

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. Industry lobby wants to weaken the EU water law, writes @Florence_Schu for @EURACTIVBerlin. As govs. get set to discuss the #WFD evaluation this pm, we urge them to stay 💪in the face of industry pressure.English👉https://t.co/etHvw1xyMS@WWF_Deutschland @bund_net @NABU_Biodiv — WWF EU (@WWFEU) March 5, 2020 This is fascinating by Marina O'Connell of The Apricot Centre in Devon – a summary of her Masters thesis where she looked at the link between different farming systems and mental health. Read on #WickedLeeks https://t.co/WIttjifI0o — Nina Pullman (@nina_pullman) March 5, 2020 This is a truly amazing chart – a snapshot of what we have and what our plants need Worth a minute or two of anyone’s time to digest it – from @DrTrevorDines pic.twitter.com/O4Wt46ydkT — James Rebanks (@herdyshepherd1) March 4, 2020 The original chart (and explanation of it) is published in our @Love_plants rewilding position statement here https://t.co/pdx5CkT8aN — Trevor the […]

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Nothing “mini” about U.S. Plan to Unravel Europe’s Precautionary Principle

The real goal of the United States and European Union’s so-called “mini-deal” on trade is unambiguous and goes to the heart of Europe’s way of life and approach to the rule of law. U.S. trade negotiators, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and American farm interests have all been crystal clear: the precautionary principle must go, and now is the time to finally axe it. […]