150+ civil society groups call for reform of European agricultural policies

Brussels, March 6th, 2017 – Over 150 European civil society organizations representing environmental and social justice networks, organic farmers, pastoralists, peasants, sustainable forestry groups, health groups, animal welfare organizations, consumer rights bodies, development, fair-trade, cultural heritage and rural development organizations, consumer co-operatives, sustainable tourism and crafts associations from 25 EU countries have today called on EU leaders to carry out a radical reform of the CAP and related policies.

The call comes as agricultural ministers meet in Brussels [1] to discuss future reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and also in light of the public consultation [2] launched by the European Commission on the future of the policy.

Carlo Petrini, Slow Food President said: “What is needed is a radical change of direction in European agriculture, and for this to happen we have to change the principles that guide the CAP. We need an agricultural policy which protects the interests of small producers, which defends biodiversity and prevents the destruction of soil and other natural resources by the agricultural industry.”

In a comment statement titled ‘Good Food, Good Farming – Now’ [3] the signatories state that the current food and farming system is no longer functioning, since it props up the agro-industrial status quo, and call for a fundamental reform of Europe’s broken agricultural policy. [4] Such a reform is urgently needed to enable a transition towards a food and farming system which supports fair and diverse food and farming economies, is underpinned by viable alternatives such as organic and agro-ecological farming, and which respects the environment and animal welfare, supports citizens’ health, and is publicly accountable.

The full statement can be found here: https://www.slowfood.com/sloweurope/wp-content/uploads/CSOs-Common-Statement-on-European-Agricultural-Policies_FINAL_20170303_10am.pdf

NOTES
[1] Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Agenda, 6 March 2017
[2] The European Commission’s Public Consultation on ‘Modernising and Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)’ began on 2 February and is open until the 2 May 2017.
[3] Full statement: https://www.slowfood.com/sloweurope/wp-content/uploads/CSOs-Common-Statement-on-European-Agricultural-Policies_FINAL_20170303_10am.pdf
[4] Some problems with the food and farming system in the EU:

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