A Protein Plan for Europe is due to be presented at the high-level conference in Vienna at the end of November. Slow Food urges the European Commission not to compromise any further, and to ensure a sustainable supply of protein crops for human consumption and take into consideration all sensitive issues raised by civil society. Slow Food recognizes that a new Protein Plan could be an important development opportunity for Europe, but if it fails to address intensive animal production and broader options to diversify protein production, it risks becoming a lost cause. The Commission’s report on the development of plant proteins in the European Union will examine the current supply and demand of plant proteins in the EU and the potential for future development.
Slow Food is joining the European Days of Action to call for decision-makers to support a sustainable transition of food and farming. The European Days of Action for Good Food and Good Farming will take place across Europe in the days leading up to the end of October, with most activities planned on 27-28 October. In these days Madrid, London, Berlin and tens of other European cities will invite their citizens, small-scale farmers and civil society to take part in demonstrations and various other initiatives.
Civil society organizations have approached the opportunity to discuss the importance of farm animal welfare just before the launch of the new European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), which calls the European Commission to propose legislation to ban the use of cages in animal farming. Slow Food believes animals pay a harsh price in the current systemandjoins the initiative, which was launched on 25 September by Compassion in World Farming.
Food is Culture is a multimedia art project work that aims to promote the rich cultural history of Europe, reflected in its gastronomy, and advocate for its appreciation and preservation as top priorities for national institutions.