The European Days of Action for Good Food Good Farming culminated in Strasbourg, where 1000 people gathered at a rally outside the European Parliament to demand urgent action to address the climate and environmental crises in the ongoing reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). During the month of October, more than 70 actions and events were organized across Europe, as part of the Good Food Good Farming campaign, out of which more than 20 were held by Slow Food networks.
With a workshop and roundtable discussion, Slow Food Europe took part in the European Week of Regions and Cities, the four-day event, taking place in Brussels, Belgium every year. On October 9, a transnational workshop was organized to present experiences and policy recommendations of three-year-long project, “Slow Food-CE: Culture, Heritage, Identity and Food,” which was designed to improve cities’ capacities to showcase and enhance the value of their gastronomic heritage. Meanwhile, in the evening, various stakeholders were invited to a roundtable discussion to talk about short food supply chains.
On October 8th, Slow Food Europe along with other non-governmental organizations, decision-makers, and citizens of the European Union, gathered in Brussels to celebrate the end of a historic European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age.” During this12-month period, 170 organizations collected 1,617,405 signatures, sending a clear statement: the European Commission would have to take into account a strongly supported demand to eliminate cages for farmed animals across the EU.
For the second year in a row, Slow Food Europe joins the European Days of Action for Good Food Good Farming, which during the month of October will take place across Europe. Different Slow Food networks are organizing more than 15 events in Western, Central and Nordic European countries such as Italy, Romania, Latvia, France, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Finland, and Croatia. The Good Food Good Farming movement unites more than 300 European organizations who joined forces to demand that decision-makers implement food and farming systems that support small farmers and rural livelihoods, as well as protect the soil, water, ecosystems, and biodiversity.
With the new European Commission promising to implement a European Green Deal, the expectations are high for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform to truly address the needs of the environment. The Green Deal should include biodiversity protection strategy and the reduction of the use of pesticides – vital steps to stop the decline of pollinators. On September 21, the second day of the Cheese Festival in Bra, speakers from the European Commission and several European non-governmental organizations discussed how the CAP reform fits into the narrative around the protection of the environment, biodiversity, and sustainable food systems.
A study conducted by Slow Food reveals that the European quality product certification process lacks a comprehensive evaluation, which has led to extremely diverse results and opened the door to the large industry players to market their food as quality products. On September 20, a conference on the quality product certification was organized at the Cheese Festival in Bra, Italy, where European Union officials, representatives of European non-governmental organizations and Slow Food producers discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the European system of geographic indications.
The 12th edition of Cheese, the international event dedicated to raw milk cheeses and artisanal dairy products, will bring topics widely discussed at the European level to the heart of Piedmont, in Bra, Italy, where the bi-annual event will take place from September 20 to 23. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform and its impact on bees and other pollinators, and the limitations of quality product certification will be among the main topics discussed with European Union officials, representatives of European non-governmental organizations and Slow Food producers.
Slow Food Europe will take part in the European Week of Regions and Cities, which will take place in Brussels, Belgium. On October 9, a dialogue-oriented, transnational workshop will be organized to present experiences and policy recommendations of a three-year-long project “SlowFood-CE: Culture, Heritage, Identity and Food”, while in the evening various stakeholders will be invited to a roundtable discussion to talk about short food supply chains.
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age” was closed last night, celebrating over 1.5 million signatures gained during a 12-month period. The initiative which aims to end the use of cages for farm animals across Europe marks one of the most significant days for animal farming and demonstrates the importance of citizens’ voice to the EU decision-making process. Slow Food Europe has been among 170 environmental, consumer rights and animal protection groups, which joined forces for a collaborative effort to make a much-needed change in animal farming.
On August 29 – September 2, representatives of the European Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) will meet in Bavaria, Germany to plan joint political actions at EU level, and to outline concrete ways towards a more sustainable future and a sustainable food system. It is the largest meeting of the European Youth Network to date.