Dear friends and supporters of ARC2020
Welcome to October’s edition of the ARC NEWSFLASH. This month saw Slow Food’s bi-annual event Terra Madre take place in Italy. Food communities from across the world came together for the four day event to share ideas and foster innovation on food culture, production and consumption. Taking place just weeks after the final event of the Good Food March in Brussels, it provided a great opportunity for groups to meet again and get ideas about how to move forward in our movement for good food and good farming. Photos taken as part of the Good Food March photo campaign – The CAP We Want – were also on display. For the first time, the event was combined with Salone del Gusto. Organisers deemed the event a huge success and a sign that, despite the financial crisis, the public understands the central role of food and agriculture, as well as the need for a paradigm shift within the food system. ARC2020 was at the event, speaking about the ARC2020 story so far, and the work still to be done.
As we head into November, all eyes are now on the EU budget. Heads of State will meet in Brussels on the 22 – 23 November to agree on the future EU budget for the 2014-2020 period and decide how much of tax payers’ money will fund agriculture. ARC2020 has been working closely with a number of organisations following concerns that the commitment will be made without even knowing how “green and fair” the future CAP will be. In light of the way current discussion on the reform is going, there is concern that money could be allocated with little consideration for the environment, human health, rural communities or long-term global food security.
Keep an eye out for future actions and comment from us!