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Switzerland | Illegal Seeds – Really?

“The seeds regulation is unconstitutional.” A thesis from the University of Geneva’s Faculty of Law demonstrates that the system that decides which plant varieties can be sold in Switzerland contradicts other objectives of agriculture under the Swiss constitution, such as safeguarding the environment, landscape and local economy. By Anton Vos. […]

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Suisse | Des semences hors la loi, vraiment?

«La rĂ©glementation sur les semences est anticonstitutionnelle.» Une thĂšse de la facultĂ© de droit de GenĂšve dĂ©montre que le systĂšme qui dĂ©cide quelles variĂ©tĂ©s vĂ©gĂ©tales peuvent ĂȘtre commercialisĂ©es en Suisse contredit les autres objectifs constitutionnels de l’agriculture comme la prĂ©servation de l’environnement, du paysage et de l’économie locale. Par Anton Vos. […]

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Letter From The Farm | Meet The New Peasants

Isabella Lang has been working on her friends’ farm in the Austrian Alps since the spring. After four years in the Brussels bubble, she was keen to get her hands back in the soil. It’s been several months of hard work, long days, amazing food, and a healthy pace of life. In this first letter Isabella introduces us to the farm. Meet the new peasants. […]

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Farm to Fork Strategy: Ambitious, Realistic Innovation Pathway for the European food System

Since the release of the Farm to Fork strategy, the Commission has faced a considerable amount of criticism, which generally cites the potential economic and food security impacts of F2F. Here IDDRI experts analyse the methodological limitations underlying this criticism and shows that a more systemic approach instead reinforce the relevance, coherence and realism of the Commission’s strategy. […]

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Farming Bounded By Our Biological Boundaries – Part 3

It’s tempting to blame burping cows for methane emissions. But while nature cannot distinguish between naturally occurring methane and methane derived from fossil fuels and anthropological activity, humans can – and should. Methane has a role to play in sustainable farming. We cannot let the debate around methane emissions cloud the broader benefits of farming with ruminants, argues Stuart Meikle in part three of this series. […]

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Letter From The Farm | Winterage In The Burren

We’re back on Shane Casey’s farm in the Burren, Ireland. It’s nearly time for the reverse transhumance drive – or ‘winterage’ as it’s known locally. Grazing over the winter allows the Burren’s unique mix of flora to thrive. It’s a quintessential example of farming for conservation, explains Shane. […]

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Choosing Good Food should not be this Complicated – a Vision for Improving EU Food Environments 

The EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy won’t be realised unless policy goes beyond voluntary measures to gear food environments to promote truly sustainable diets. Participants in the EU Food Policy Coalition share their vision for improving food environments. Op-ed by Frank Mechielsen from Feedback Global and Madeleine Coste from Slow Food Europe. […]

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EvÚnement | Face aux problématiques urgentes, aller vite mais pas trop vite

Samedi le 18 septembre 2021, l’association ARC2020 est allĂ©e Ă  la rencontre du GAEC de La Ferme des 7 chemins, une des initiatives campagnardes engagĂ©e dans le projet « Nos campagnes en rĂ©silience ». SituĂ© sur la commune de PLESSE en Loire Atlantique, le GAEC a initiĂ© une rencontre entre diffĂ©rents partenaires afin d’échanger et de se questionner sur le dĂ©veloppement de la ferme. On vous propose Ă  travers cet article de dĂ©couvrir ce temps fort au sein d’une initiative campagnarde rayonnante. […]

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France | Rural Resilience – All In Good Time

What happens when a farm invites the wider community to collectively tease out its future? In September ARC2020 visited Brittany to find out. Seed savers, farm workers and chefs sat down with elected officials and representatives of regional organisations to share insights and listen to each other’s experiences. Louise Kelleher reports. […]