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European Food Forum: Industry’s Brand New ‘Lobby Platform’ in the European Parliament

If you can’t beat them, join them. Perhaps this was the thinking behind consultants and lobbyists working for the agrochemical and food industry, who have joined the newly created European Food Forum, a so-called MEP-industry forum. In this article written by Hans van Scharen, Nina Holland and Martin Pigeon of Corporate Europe Observatory, the role of the European Food Forum is examined in detail. […]

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Commission Announces Return of Private Milk Storage

The EU Commission announced today private storage aid for meat and dairy, flexibility for market support programmes in wine, fruits and vegetables, olive oil, apiculture and the EU’s school scheme (milk, fruits and vegetables) and derogation from some EU competition rules in milk, flowers and potatoes. […]

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Coping with Covid19 – Disruption, Protectionism and a People’s Agroecology

While it can feel undeniably overwhelming at times, its also important to remain informed and focused on how we can achieve better food, farming and a rural space – even in our new context. Much of the last month has been rightly focused on going back to basics – food, shelter, medicine. If we must go back to basics, and refocus on primary production, so be it. So what does this mean? […]

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Whoever does not have Peasants, Should find Them: The Food Injustice of Pandemics

European Coordination of Via Campesina’s call to join the#StayHomeButNotSilent call to action on April 17 to commemorate the International Day of Peasant Struggle, reiterates the fundamental role of peasants in feeding people, even in the most difficult times. It takes a crisis for alternative food systems to emerge. Is our food system, dominated by trade ideology instead of human rights, ready to face pandemics? […]

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What will the World be like after Coronavirus? Four Possible Futures

Where will we be in six months, a year, ten years from now? I lie awake at night wondering what the future holds for my loved ones. My vulnerable friends and relatives. I wonder what will happen to my job, even though I’m luckier than many: I get good sick pay and can work remotely. I am writing this from the UK, where I still have self-employed friends who are staring down the barrel of months without pay, friends who have already lost jobs. The contract that pays 80% of my salary runs out in December. Coronavirus is hitting the economy badly. Will anyone be hiring when I need work? […]

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Tweets of the Week – 15/2020

Our weekly Twitter round up of great content from our kindred network: a Friday treat for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy what we’ve found for you on twitter. The Moment for Food Sovereignty is Now via @CivilEats https://t.co/qmYnA02OSg) — Ralph Nader (@RalphNader) April 2, 2020 The recent coronavirus outbreak has put an enormous strain on the EU whole agri-food sector. However, farmers have been rapidly innovating to create novel means of selling their produce to keep themselves afloat.https://t.co/aba2ZgGKxi — EURACTIV Agri & Food (@eaAgriFood) April 2, 2020 Many people are rightly more aware of stresses, strains and fragility in global & national food systems. Those tensions now being exacerbated by coronavirus. This week's @bbcworldservice TheRealStory is 50 mins where 7 people (me included) offer overview: https://t.co/MmNVoirgPz — Professor Tim Lang (@ProfTimLang) April 3, 2020 Lesson for the future from the current crisis-not only a grocery should be close but also a field where food grows and the farmer who works there. Shorter distribution from field to table, direct sales, development of local agricultural markets-this must […]

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For the Sake of Nature and the Climate, Europe must not CAP its Ambitions

The European Commission continues to describe the Common Agricultural Policy as “ambitious”, yet its own evaluation of the CAP’s impact reveals that the farm subsidy scheme is inflicting massive damage on Europe’s biodiversity, water resources and nature. In this in-depth feature, Célia Nyssens of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) explains why the CAP is not fit for purpose and outlines how it can be reformed. […]

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UK | Coronavirus Diary: the Virus That Did a No-Deal Brexit on our Food Supply

It seems inconceivable that it was only a year ago when the UK was due to crash out of the EU under a no deal Brexit. Thankfully that crisis was averted. Leading up to that momentous non-event, I wrote about what might happen to our food supply in the event that our smooth trading relationship with the EU broke down utterly. One year on, we find ourselves in a remarkably similar position […]

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Tweets of the Week – 14/2020

Our weekly Twitter round up of great content from our kindred network: a Friday treat for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy what we’ve found for you on twitter. Timely paper written before COVID-19 outbreak reviews links between global food production and emerging human infectious diseases, Increasing risk of pathogen spillover as food production expands requires proactive management, inc biodiversity conservation https://t.co/NgjdiLp8jt — Alan Matthews (@xAlan_Matthews) March 29, 2020 Agricultural workers are critical in the fight against #coronavirus 👨‍🌾👩‍🌾 We published new practical guidelines to ensure that they can move within the EU to reach their workplace: https://t.co/wX7V8oCYKf pic.twitter.com/nRn4yhDHiE — EU Agriculture🌱 (@EUAgri) March 30, 2020 „We urge all G20 members 2 work twds commitments 2 remove restrictive measures on imports + set moratorium on new unilat. tariffs; 2 eliminate all tariffs on COVID-19 related products; to encourage manufacturers to increase capacity for producing equipment to fight COVID19“ https://t.co/Sy6P2R7uNZ — Sabine Weyand (@WeyandSabine) March 30, 2020 'The planting and picking season starts now and we need a solution for this' https://t.co/Q8G0owhLD2 — AgriLand (@AgrilandIreland) March 30, […]

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UK | Coronavirus: Rationing Based on Health, Equity and Decency now Needed

Food security is no laughing matter at the best of times, but TIm Lang gasped when he first read the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) annual food civil contingencies infrastructure report in 2018. It is barely a page long (in public at least) and assures us everything is OK and that the food system is resilient and able to withstand shocks. As the coronvirus racks the nation and panic buying continues, this complacency is about to be tested. […]

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Coping with Covid19 – Commoning as a Pandemic Survival Strategy

The pandemic now sweeping the planet is one of those historic events that will change many basic premises of modern life. Let us act swiftly to deal with the emergencies, but let us also seize the opportunity to think about long-term system change. If there is one thing that the pandemic confirms (in tandem with climate change), it is that our modern economic and political systems must change in some profound ways. […]