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France | Tasting Independence in Beaufortain

In this excerpt from the book “Rural Europe on the Move: A travel guide to transitions”, Philippe Barret tells the story of Beaufortain, a community in the French Alps that has been coming together to practice rural sustainability since the 17th century. Beaufortain also happens to be the home of ARC2020’s project to build rural resilience in France – “Nos campagnes en résilience”. In this chapter you’ll meet some of the key people involved in this latest venture: coordinator Valérie Geslin, volunteer Jeanine Sochas, and farmer Pierre Gachet.  […]

Nos campagnes en résilience

Extrait de livre | Goûter à l’indépendance

Dans cet extrait du livre “L’EUROPE RURALE EN MOUVEMENT – Voyage aux pays des transitions”, Philippe Barret nous raconte l’histoire du Beaufortain (73), un petit territoire de 4 villages au cœur des Alpes françaises. Depuis le 17ème siècle ses habitants se réunissent pour préserver une agriculture familiale et la vie à la montagne. Dans ce chapitre, vous rencontrerez certaines des personnes impliquées dans « Nos campagnes en résilience » : la coordinatrice du projet Valérie Geslin, la bénévole Jeanine Sochas et le paysan Pierre Gachet. […]

Nos campagnes en résilience

Paroles de paysans | Marie et Gilles AVOCAT

Qu’est-ce que le social dans l’agriculture ? Que peut apporter « Nos campagnes en résilience » aux paysans ? Marie et Gilles AVOCAT élevaient des brebis et produisaient du fromage au sein d’un GAEC. Autour d’un café dans une ambiance familiale et conviviale, ils nous livrent, avec passion, leur vision sociale de l’agriculture. […]

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Withdraw The CAP Movement Takes on Timmermans, Trilogues and Parliament Plenary

The Withdraw the CAP movement emerged in recent months to challenge Europe’s biggest policy spend. This initiative of young people, many climate strikers from the Fridays for Future movement, have taken the EU’s top brass to task over the gap between environmental rhetoric and business-as-usual reality. SO what happened at their  meeting last with with Vice-President of the EU Commission Frans Timmermans, of EU Green Deal Fame. Here the group who met him give us the lowdown, and tell us what they are focused on next for withdraw the cap.  […]

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The True Cost of Britain’s Addiction to Factory-Farmed Chicken

The intensive poultry industry in the UK has expanded in recent decades, becoming more akin to the USA’s mega farms. Investigating how intensive poultry units have multiplied across certain parts of the UK, Alison Caffyn discovered that the poultry industry has taken advantage of weak regulatory and planning regimes to scale up the lucrative business.  […]

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Pesticide Poisonings – Numbers Revised Upwards Globally

15 times more pesticide poisonings occur annually now than 30 years ago. About 385 million cases of acute unintentional pesticide poisoning occur each year, according to a new systematic review on global pesticide poisoning. This is up from 25 million annually in 1990, the last year such an estimate was made. Here Justice Pesticides outlines key findings of that review, as well as a study on pesticide contamination near intensively managed agricultural areas in South Tyrol, Italy. […]

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Agroecology Grows in Hungary

Agroecology is gaining more and more support from different actors around the world and is inspiring new collaborations such as the recently formed Hungarian Agroecology Network. The network was created 5 months ago and has already more than 60 active members from all over Hungary; among them farmers, representatives of producer and consumer groups, of NGOs and short supply chains, academics and researchers. Lili Balough has more. […]