NewsFlash August-September 2015


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Hello and welcome to our September newsletter! We’ve lots to tell you about as the weather cools and agri-food politics heats up once again. Autumn sees some really interesting events and calendar dates. 

The campaign against dodgy trade deals is really heating up, with much of the focus building towards Saturday 10th October TTIP. The Stop TTIP campaign decided on 10 to 17 October because so much is happening at this time. On 6 October the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against TTIP and CETA will complete it’s year of signature collection, with between 2.5 and 3 million signatures.  An EU Summit is also taking place in the subsequent week and a large alliance of organisations is mobilising for protests and events in Brussels from 15-17 October. This will also be an international day of action, due to the global nature of the organisations involved.

AbL plus 86 other German organisations unite to oppose CETA & TTIP

All ARC2020 news on TTIP

Nourish Scotland will hold an agri-food conference October 22-23rd which asks the question:

what would people –centred food governance look like? This event will focus on empowering new, local actors and building connections between different food-related sectors. 

Soon after, there’s the European Rural Parliament, to be held in the very picturesque town of Schärding in Austria, 4-6th November. This will attract 300 delegates from 40 countries. A European Rural Manifesto, and supporting report, will be published and used to influence European institutions and national and regional governments in their attitudes to, and policies for, rural communities.

Plenty of options ,should you prefer to use  for seats or your feet!

Some highlights from the summer on #ARC2020 

Food as a Commons

Slip Sliding Away: Where is all the Soil Going? 

Bostan: A Garden Near your House 

A Europe of Solidarity, Democracy and Sustainability 

UK Farmers Send Wake up Call to DEFRA 

Oilseed Rape Yield up Despite neonic ban

Enjoy the reading!

Dr. Oliver Moore and Luise Kroner (Communications, ARC2020)


Over the Summer, our Romania partners Eco Ruralis provided some well researched, hard hitting exposés of rural life in Romania. These included on topics such as Land Grabbing and the loss of 3 farms per hour. They also showcased some of their great work, such as their new interactive landgrab map; their most recent report on landgrabbing and a critique of the term land concentration.

There is a milk crises happening across Europe right now. Prices are so poor that small to medium sized dairy farmers are facing the prospect of leaving the sector.We’ve kept our focus on this major topic with a dedicated series. From a long read on Ireland to a protests in Belgium, we’ve kept you bniefed. Find our milk crises series here.

Despite mounting evidence, somehow, banned bee killing pesticides keep coming back into use in ever more nefarious ways. In the UK, a supposed emergency situation lead to a rule break by the government. The industry whipped up fear of yield collapse and exorbitant costs. So the government has allowed some neonicotinoid pesticides to be used in one part of England. Guess what? The yield is up – even in this part of England. Without the use of these neonicotinoid pesticides. More on this.   

Key upcoming dates

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