Hi there, from Oliver and Luise of Arc2020.
Welcome to our April newsletter.
It’s good to remember that, sometimes, the good guys actually do win. Sometimes, campaigning, agitation, mobilisation and informed conversation can actually make a difference.
Well, after many months of dedicated work by groups like Arche-Noah and Save Our Seeds, “Smarter Rules for Safer Food”, the proposed EU Seed Regulation, was withdrawn. You can read all about it here.
In fact, this wasn’t the only victory we reported on in March. A mega farm in the UK called Foston was blocked too.
Other issues we’ve worked on for a long time now are also gaining traction – pesticides and TTIP.
You can read Julia Sievers’s guest piece on glyphosate, which really crystallised the arguments in what were in fact the days prior to the media noticing what Julia already had – that the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found that the pesticide “probably causes cancer”. Julia’s piece however, gives lots more really pertinent information too.
With TTIP, it is fast emerging that even mainstream framing organisations are now really concerned. They are beginning to see through the spin and now know that TTIP has the potential to radically adjust farming and food in Europe. And this adjustment is not likely to be the kind that’s good for people or the countryside.
You’ll find some interesting thought pieces elsewhere in this newsletter, on CAP simplification and on power in the agri-food chain.
Here’s some more of the month’s highlights too.
Some progress on food waste in the UK
Keep it local: Romanian pharma sector’s land grab in Bulgaria
20,000+ march in London against climate change
Denmark’s ambitious Organic Plan
UK government reverts to paper for basic payments
Challenges & opportunities of moving agroecology east
Why not get involved. We’re very active on twitter and facebook drop by for a chat or to keep informed our issues we focus on. You can help us work on agri-food policy by contributing to the development of our roadmap towards a better, more coherent agri-food vision for Europe
Happy reading – and campaigning!