If controlling access to food means controlling the destiny of humanity, from today the most powerful player worldwide is not a government or a coalition of States, but a single multinational corporation, Bayer, after acquiring the infamous Monsanto. In fact, until yesterday, Bayer was a German pharmaceutical chemical giant. As of today, it is also the world’s largest group in the field of seeds, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.
Today marks the publication of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) legislative proposal, but on May 29-30 in Brussels, over 200 food system actors came together to look beyond the CAP and design a Common Food Policy. The EU Food and Farming Forum brought together farmer associations, civil society groups, scientists and administrators at local, national and European level, who share a common vision for the future of food and farming.
Local working groups have been set up in the five European cities involved (Brno, Dubrovnik, Kecskemét, Krakow, and Venice) to create synergies among local stakeholders (producers, retailers, for-profit and non-profit companies, and various actors in the cultural sector) to identify and promote traditional food and local products as intangible cultural heritage.
The fifth edition of Terra Madre Balkans has successfully come to a close. Over 100 delegates from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia came together at the European Parliament in Brussels on May 22-23 to represent the diverse potential of the Balkans.
The European Union (EU) has no consistent, coherent or complete food policy, finds new research published today. The absence of an overarching framework means that the current food and farming … Continued