Just days ahead of the meeting of European Agriculture ministers taking place in Brussels today, Slow Food Europe joined a group of NGOs calling on the Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRIFISH) Council to take into consideration the voice of civil society when discussing the new Commission’s report on the development of plant proteins in the European Union.
Slow Food Europe joins a group of NGOs boycotting the European Commission’s two day EU Agricultural Outlook conference, which is taking place in Brussels. The Commission describes the conference as the ‘key annual gathering of European stakeholders willing to engage and discuss the future of agriculture.’ Ironically, the conference ignores fundamental issues for agriculture: the ecological crisis and the urgent need to transition to sustainable production.
This week in Brussels, Belgium and Dubrovnik, Croatia, two decisions were made, which will cause great concern for the future of the sea and fish populations. On Monday, EU ministers of agriculture and fisheries decided on catch limits for economically relevant deep-sea fish stocks for 2019 and 2020, while the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) increased the authorized catch quotas of bluefin tuna by 20%. Slow Food is concerned that by favoring the interests of various players in the market, marine ecosystems are put at risk.
Brussels, November 19 – the Good Food Good Farming campaign organised a Disco Soup in front of the Council of the European Union today, calling on EU agriculture ministers to serve up a better future for farming. The campaign, made up of over 80 civil society groups, representing farmers, food activists, and environmental organizations, drew attention to the ongoing reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and delivered 100,000 signatures of EU citizens, supporting demands for a fair, green and healthy CAP reform. The Disco Soup – a culinary and musical act of protest – was the final event of the European Days of Action which have brought together thousands of people across the EU.
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.