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A Broken System: How EU Farming Subsidies Lead to Land Grabbing in Hungary

A Broken System: How EU Farming Subsidies Lead to Land Grabbing in Hungary

Ever since the foundation of the European Union, agricultural subsidies have formed the largest single element of its financial plan, accounting €50 billion annually, over a third of the total budget. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has lots of faults, which Slow Food has talked about on numerous occasions over the years, but it’s worth reminding ourselves of one such flaw: the system is designed to reward farmers purely in terms of quantity—how much land they own—and not in terms of the quality of the food produced. This means that today 80% of all the subsidy money goes to the largest 20% of the farmers.

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Slow Food joins the ECI “Save Bees and Farmers”

As the decline of bees and pollinators has been a growing concern around the planet, Slow Food has joined a Europe-wide campaign aiming to ban pesticides, transform agriculture, save bees and conserve nature. Over the last weekend, Slow Food along with partner organizations presented the European Citizens’ Initiative “Save Bees and Farmers” by collecting signatures at the “Wir Haben Es Satt! (We are fed up!) demonstration in Berlin. 

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27.000 March for Agricultural Reforms and Good Food

Berlin, 18.1.20. 27.000 protesters of the Wir haben es satt!-movement (We are fed up!) – a broad platform of farmers and food, environment, and one-world activists – today demanded sweeping EU agricultural reforms to protect biodiversity and the climate and to support farms in this transition.

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“Wir Haben Es Satt!” Demonstration in Berlin to Bring Thousands of Voices Against Climate Change and Industrial Farming

This weekend, Slow Food joins tens of thousands gathering in Berlin for the annual “Wir Haben Es Satt! (We are Fed Up) demonstration, which will call on decision-makers to take immediate and consistent actions to protect biodiversity and stop the climate crisis. Protesters from all over Germany and beyond will use the opportunity to voice their discontent with the current industrial agricultural system, demanding healthy food, family farms, organic and agro-ecological agriculture, and fair trade. 

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Our Idea of Europe

Since it was founded more than 20 years ago, Slow Food has defended small-scale traditional food producers and raised awareness among consumers at the grassroots level. Its aim is to create a more responsible food system, based on the pleasure and sharing of good, clean and fair food.
Now the time has come for us to liaise with the European institutions to promote our common vision and find common solutions.
We have to work together to design better policies to address the paradigms of food production and related problems such as climate change, the risk of biodiversity loss and our impact on developing countries.
Future policies are bound to affect all of us. Which is why we invite all European citizens to join the debate and also … join Slow Food.