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Important decisions are being made for the future of food production across Europe, and Slow Food is working to ensure the integration of good, clean and fair aspects and the promotion of sustainable small-scale practices. Currently, we are focused on the European Union’s reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Born as an idea in the 18th century, the European Union grew gradually in its powers and spheres, and today represents and regulates for half a billion citizens in 27 countries. Under the pressure of social, economic and environmental crises and well aware that we are at a turning point in history, Brussels aims to support the harmonious development of European societies through its policies.

In the environmental sector especially, the EU is developing new policies and action plans to stop biodiversity decline, tackle climate change and protect ecosystems. These aspects are key to discussions of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Slow Food is following the process closely and the association’s members, European national association and producers united in the Terra Madre network are campaigning for a positive outcome.

Slow Food’s position on the Common Agricultural Policy is outlined in the document Towards a New Common Agricultural Policy (right column), and outlines how we believe that focusing on sustainable small-scale production and young people can help retain Europe’s rich agricultural and culinary identities. Slow Food promotes food sovereignty, the right of peoples to decide what they grow and eat. It advocates a holistic approach to agriculture and fisheries, harnessing social aspects (the connection between producers and consumers), environmental aspects (the protection of biodiversity, water reserves and soil fertility) and cultural aspects (the conservation of traditional knowledge). It opposes the standardization of taste and culture, and the unrestrained power of the food industry multinationals and industrial agriculture.

By working together with other organizations, along with the European Union, we can achieve positive results for all, upholding the rights of millions of small- scale sustainable producers and concerned consumers.

Slow Food gratefully acknowledges funding support from the European Commission. All content and opinions expressed on this page are solely those of Slow Food.

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Belgium | 12/05/2014 | The upcoming European elections come at a crucial time in terms of planning for our future. The current...

Italy | 05/05/2014 | Greenpeace has just released a new report on the state of bees in Europe which is now available online for...

Mexico | 30/04/2014 | “The situation is worsening. They want to silence the voice of the community.” Leonardo Durán Olguín...

Belgium | 29/04/2014 | A Europe-wide Alliance to Save the Bees and Agriculture today made themselves heard at the annual general...

Belgium | 25/04/2014 | The European Union's Foreign Affairs Council gave the green light to designate 2015 as the European Year for...

Belgium | 24/04/2014 | This film presents some of the dangers of the investor rights within the proposed EU-US trade deal. We need...

Netherlands | 18/04/2014 | One night in January 2010, four friends and I sat around a kitchen table. The Youth Food Movement in the...

Mexico | 17/04/2014 | In the Sierra Norte mountain range, 300 km from Mexico, the indigenous Náhuat and Totanac peoples are facing...

Belgium | 16/04/2014 | With governments discussing the TTIP behind closed doors, Slow Food President Carlo Petrini asks what will be...

Belgium | 15/04/2014 | More than 6,000 free meals prepared with 1,500 kilos of perfectly good food that was destined for the...

Belgium | 12/04/2014 | The Bee Health conference, organised by the Commission on 7 April 2014 brought together a huge number of...

Belgium | 10/04/2014 | For the last 50 years the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has played an instrumental role in how food and...

Belgium | 03/04/2014 | Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, signed...

Belgium | 01/04/2014 | Carlo Petrini’s message to European Parliamentary candidates urges them to promote a food system that is more...

Belgium | 01/04/2014 | The first week of April 2014, Brussels hosts a series of conferences dealing with bees and pollination. One...

Belgium | 31/03/2014 | The European Commission has published the proposal for a new Regulation on organic production and the...

Belgium | 24/03/2014 | There is a serious problem that nobody is talking about.Most of us do not know about a very serious issue....

Belgium | 20/03/2014 | Slow Food and the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity are supporting an important petition to “End Ecocide...

France | 18/03/2014 | France’s superiority complex might get on our nerves sometimes, but this time we can only be happy about the...

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