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Beyond the Harvest: Health Effects of Pesticides on French Farmers

The SUR still proposes at least another thirty years of coexistence with pesticides, as its objective is the phasing out pesticides by 2050. Can we afford to wait another three decades? No, say those who advocate for an 80% reduction by 2030 (rather than 50%).
This article is based on accumulated knowledge of the impact of pesticides on health, distinguishing two types of exposed populations: farmers and other professional pesticide users (Part 1). […]

Rural Resilience

Bien-être dans les zones rurales ? Un pas de côté, pour envisager la sortie des pesticides 

Le règlement SUR nous propose encore au moins trente ans de coexistence avec les pesticides, avec l’objectif de sortie des pesticides vers 2050 : peut-on se permettre d’attendre encore trois décennies ? Non, répondent ceux qui plaident pour une réduction de 80% d’ici 2030 (et non pas 50%).

Cet article prend appui sur les connaissances accumulées sur l’impact des pesticides sur la santé, en distinguant deux types de population les exposées : les agriculteurs et autres professionnels utilisateurs de pesticides (Partie 1). […]

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Commission Releases Slew of Agri-Food Documents before Summer – here’s what you need to know.

School’s out for summer – and soon, the Brussels bubble will check out too. But not before a slew of new and updated regulations and legislations, impact assessments and more, all have their moment in the sun. Soil, seeds and NGTs, food waste, pesticides and of course the nature restoration law  – it’s all coming thick and fast in these heady days. Oliver Moore and Ashley Parsons guide you through the brimming lunchboxes of the Brussels bureaucrats in these final days before summer break. […]

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Adapting Agricultural Practices to Climate Change – Seeds, Beans and Lessons from the Ground Up

On July 5th 2023, the European Commission tabled its proposal for revised seed marketing legislation. Exploring institutional shortcomings to prioritise and safeguard agrobiodiversity in a changing climate, Seeds4All project co-ordinator Adèle Pautrat and policy analyst Mathieu Willard zoom into the case of white bean production in southern France, before presenting broader issues that the future seed law should address. […]

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New Genetic Engineering – Small Cause, Big Effect

The European Commission is proposing that plants that have been genetically modified at up to 20 different sites of the genome should be “considered equivalent to conventional plants”. This would be the end of the precautionary principle and transparent genetic engineering legislation as we know it. Op-ed by Benny Haerlin. […]

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Rural Resilience | Diary from the Ground – Spring 2023

In the first few months of the year, the Rural Resilience project has been busy attending events to maintain ties with existing partners and grow new connections, around issues making sense on both sides of the Rhine. Through the lens of multi-tiered rural policies, we are working with actors in territories across Europe to bring forward reality-based proposals, rooted in actions that are already underway on the ground. Here’s a quick overview of where we’ve been and who we’ve met. […]

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Feeding Ourselves 2023 – Building Bridges for Rural Resilience

ARC2020’s Rural Resilience project explores the possibilities for Europe’s territories to become more resilient from the ground up, so we were keen to visit Ireland in March 2023 to support the Feeding Ourselves gathering in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Alison Brogan shares the rich learnings for rural infrastructure gleaned from this weekend in the Irish midlands.  […]

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EU Seed Law Reform and New Genetic Engineering – Double Attack on our Seeds

July 5 2023, ARCHE NOAH today released a statement in response to the EU Commission’s proposals for revised seed marketing legislation and the deregulation of “new genomic techniques”. Seeds4All
supports the statement, which raises the alarm about the threat these proposals present to the future of genetic diversity in Europe and calls on agriculture ministers and MEPs to protect farmers, consumers and biodiversity. […]

Rural Resilience

Démocratiser les PAT ? Peaufiner la boîte à outils des financements !

Dans la lutte pour un futur plus socio-écologique, l’alimentation semble un clé moteur des dynamiques territoriales. Constat de la première phase du projet « Rural Resilience » (2020-2022), alimenté par les recherches-actions sur le terrain. Désormais, lors de sa deuxième phase (2023-2024), nous intérrogeons les projets alimentaires territoriaux (PAT), notamment l’épineuse question des financements, tout en regardant les solutions proposées de l’autre côté du Rhin. Première partie d’une analyse de politiques publiques. Rédaction : Marie-Lise Breure-Montagne. […]