Slow Food has joined 30 civil society groups calling on the European Commission to ultimately stop electric fishing. Despite being banned in the EU, this fishing method is still practiced in Europe, with one of the most notable cases of the Netherlands. The research, carried out by Bloom association, reveals the extent of lobbying and the public subsidies granted to industrial electric trawlers, going against public interest and regulatory framework. The results of the research were disclosed today at the press conference in the European Parliament.
This weekend, Slow Food joins forces with 80 pan-European organizations and civil society groups to call for a fundamental change in our food and farming, demanding agricultural policies that promote a transition towards a better and sustainable society, with quality food for all. The European Days of Action for Good Food Good Farming will mobilize small-scale farmers, citizens and activists to take part in peaceful demonstrations, protest picnics and various other initiatives in 22 European countries.
Just days ahead of the European Days of Action, when Europeans will unite to call for better food and farming across the continent, the Nations of Slow Food in the UK draw attention to the alarming prospects of Brexit’s impact on the UK’s food system, warning that a no-deal Brexit may impose unprecedented adverse effects.
The city of Kecskemét, in south-central Hungary, lies in the middle of the country’s Great Plain. Its position in the midst of trading routes allowed it a slow but constant growth over the centuries, and the surrounding area’s climate and flat, fertile land also made the city an important agricultural hub. These days, however, industry has been developing quickly, particularly in the food sector. The transformation of the economic and social fabric has happened very fast, ushering in rampant globalization and often threatening the survival of local traditions and foods.