Covid-19 outbreaks in slaughterhouses across several European countries reveal the excesses of our cheap meat system and the mass consumption of animal products. In light of the current situation, small, artisanal slaughterhouses must be promoted more than ever. Meanwhile, governments need to implement and monitor comprehensive legal protection for humans and animals in food production.
Shortly before the start of the German EU Council Presidency, numerous people and civil society have demonstrated in Berlin demanding the government to address the most pressing issues such as controversial trade agreements and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. Today, Germany is taking over the rotating EU Council Presidency from Croatia, naming EU Green Recovery and climate protection among the key goals.
With the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies finally out, Slow Food Europe organized an online roundtable discussion on how these strategies can drive the transition towards sustainable and agrobiodiverse farming. Slow Food wishes to contribute to reaching the goals outlined in the strategies and believes this can only be done by engaging in multi-stakeholder dialogues and by bringing voices of farmers to the table. Representatives of EU institutions, civil society, and Slow Food farmers participated in an off-the-record discussion, which aimed to create a space to openly share thoughts and constructive ideas.
The negotiations of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are underway with the final vote expected to be held in Autumn. The new CAP will determine the EU’s agricultural policies for the upcoming seven years. With the new Commission aiming to build a sustainable future for Europe, the European Parliament is under pressure to reshape the EU’s agricultural policy more than ever.
Last week, the European Commission published the long-awaited Farm to Fork Strategy. The strategy, part of the European Green Deal – the most environmentally ambitious legislation proposal of the new Commission, which started its five-year term in December last year. The Strategy aims to make the European food system more sustainable across different dimensions and to reduce its impact on third countries. So far, the Farm to Fork Strategy has received an overall positive reaction from civil society, which recognizes the ambition of the Strategy and its targets, and the comprehensive approach that was taken to create it. The Strategy touches upon many sectors from agriculture to food labeling and needs to be unwrapped to understand why it is vital for the future of European Food Systems.