Dear friends and supporters of ARC
As summer fast approaches, things are really hotting up in the ARC2020 Office. On May 30th we released the GOOD FOOD MARCH – CALL FOR ACTION in 10 languages!! The Good Food March will kick off this August, seeing people from across Europe travel to Brussels – by bike, tractor or any other means – to demand a real reform of the CAP. Participants will arrive in Brussels in time for a conference being organised by Slow Food and ARC2020 on Septemeber 19th. If that wasn’t enough, our first Speakers Tour is also about to set off. From June 19th to June 30th, 3 farmes from 3 continents – USA, Africa and Europe – will travel to different locations to discuss the global implications of the CAP. A key part of the tour will be a public debate on June 20th in Brussels – details to follow.
Elsewhere in the network, May saw the launch of the new www.globalagriculture.org website. Coinciding with the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the site makes the IAASTD’s findings available by topic and offers updated figures on global agriculture. This month ARC2020 signatories IFOAM EU Group, Friends of the Earth Europe and the European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium, along with a number of other NGOs, issued a letter calling for more transparency in the EU CAP decision-making process. Whilst Arche Noah, ECVC, EEB, IFOAM EU Group and the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity released a letter urging EU law-makers to come up with an environment, farmer and consumer friendly review of the legislation on the marketing of Seed and Propagating Material.
And finally, the petition released by our friends at Slow Food Youth Group continues to gain support. If your organisation is interested in endorsing the petition, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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