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Ireland, Food Security & Feed(ing) the World – part 1

In these challenging times ‚Äėfood security‚Äô has returned to the agenda in what was assumed to be the well-fed countries of the World. That includes in Ireland, even though it is ranked first in the Economist‚Äôs Global Food Security Index. To inform this debate ARC2020 will present an article series¬† – an extended op-ed – from Stuart Meikle.¬†¬† […]

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Nitrogen – Just Fix it! CAP’s Nature & Rotation Rules Under Threat

Crop rotations and space for nature are again under threat, as pressure mounts on basic conditionality in the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Under the pretext of the impact of the War in Ukraine, it has emerged that the European Commission and 16 member states are prepared to allow such exemptions from the basic environmental standards to be continued for beyond the initial 12 months proposed.¬† […]

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The Good Food Good Farming Pesticide Check-up

As decision-makers consider the future of pesticide regulation in the EU, Good Food Good Farming¬†is running a citizen science project inviting citizens to do a “Pesticide Check-up” by getting their hair tested for pesticides. The project is open to participation until June 30.¬† […]

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Rural Europe Takes Action | Much More Than Our Daily Bread

To celebrate the forthcoming launch of the new ARC2020 and Forum Synergies¬†book “Rural Europe Takes Action – No more business as usual” we’re sharing extracts of the policy actions it calls for and the stories that underscore the importance of such action.¬†Today we have the story of the Free Bakers Association (Die Freien B√§cker), an independent professional organisation of artisan bakers and confectioners founded in Hanover, Germany in 2011. […]

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France, Food Sovereignty and Feed(ing the World)

In a roundup of recent news, Ashley Parsons find that words and personnel can change, but business-as-usual can keep replying on the institutions to bail them out – no strings attached.¬† Whatever the level of exposure and risk, whatever the talk of transitioning away from dependencies on agri-industrial inputs, money, it seems, will always be found for keeping the show on the road, whatever the crises.¬†¬† […]

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Graduation then Desertion – French Ag Students Opting for a Different Path

Last week, French students at Agro Paris Tech¬† – France‚Äôs most prestigious agro-engineering school – staged a ‚Äúcall to desert‚ÄĚ during their graduation speech. To desert? Yes, to desert the environmentally destructive engineering positions the university sets them up for after graduation. But these inspiring words and actions of these young people don‚Äôt match up to the government‚Äôs actions, nor the school‚Äôs response. A recap and analysis by Ashley Parsons. […]

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 EU Institutions РProductivity Now, Environment Maybe Later

With war in Ukraine, the EU institutions made a concerted effort to shore up its highly exposed agri-industrial food system this week. Emergency money and ecologically protected lands are to be used for food security – as expressed through animal feed and mineral fertilizer supply. Along the way, delays and derailings to greener transition have occurred in pesticides regulation, in environmental elements of CAP, and more. So is the EU Green Deal becoming pie in the sky? Oliver Moore and Ashley Parsons report.¬†¬† […]

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A Food, Feed and Fertilizer Crises | Ukraine

The agri-food system is very exposed¬† – and was even before the war in Ukraine and its implications. Nitrogen fertilizer has been the bedrock of how farming happens, and its availability has led to a very specific type of food production to flourish. Decisions must be made – about feeding people, about feeding pigs, about how a grass-based system can really function sustainably. Op-Ed from Stuart Meikle.¬†¬† […]

Events

Event | Soup and Talk 2022 on January 22nd

The Soup & Talk 2022 good food and good farming slam is happening via Zoom on Saturday, January 22nd from 17:00 to 20:00 CET. ¬†The much-loved Soup and Talk event traditionally takes place at the Heinrich-B√∂ll-Foundation,¬†Berlin,¬†with inspiring agri-food initiatives and hot soup welcoming hundreds of freezing demonstrators in out of the cold after¬†Europe‚Äôs biggest protest for a better food system. […]

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A Toxic Multi-Billion-Euro Business Costing Citizens Big Time  

What is the scale and impact of pesticides in agri-food? Where is power expressed, and what are the costs associated with the use of these agri-industrial inputs? A new concept note and policy brief throws some light on the topic. Op-Ed by Le BASIC ‚Äď Christophe Alliot, Sylvain Ly CCFD-Terre Solidaire ‚Äď Maureen Jorand Pollinis ‚Äď Nicolas Larmaan PAN-Europe ‚Äď Martin Dermine and CEO ‚Äď Hans Vanscharen.¬† […]

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Meat Atlas 2021 | Abattoirs – Chopping but not Changing

To mark the publication of the Meat Atlas 2021, we are republishing a selection of our favourite articles. In this one, Peter Birke brings attention to poor labour conditions in the global meat industry. The pandemic has put a spotlight on this issue, but it is by no means new. EU food trade unions call for a bloc-wide response. […]

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Meat Atlas 2021 – Everyday Food and Luxury Good

To mark the publication of the Meat Atlas 2021, we will republish a selection of our favourite articles. Here, Lisa Tostado introduces the Atlas, with a big picture take on changes in meat production and consumption in recent decades. The MEAT ATLAS 2021 is jointly published by Heinrich B√∂ll Stiftung, Berlin, Germany Friends of the Earth Europe, Brussels, Belgium Bund f√ľr Umwelt und Naturschutz, Berlin, Germany. […]

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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.¬† […]