Are GMOs harmful? Yes, to our food sovereignty!

Today like yesterday, the GMO question brings up food sovereignty in its broadest sense, namely the freedom to choose what we cultivate. Bu this is a matter for democracy in which it can never be right to expect from science the answers it behooves politics to give us.

SlowFood-CE: Transnational Training for Slow Food’s New Gastronomy Project Held in Krakow

A new gastronomy: This was the central theme of three days of training held in Krakow at the start of February as part of the SlowFood-CE: Culture, Heritage, Identity and Food project, funded by the European Union. 25 participants—local Slow Food representatives and public officials from the five Central European countries of Italy, Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland—gathered in Krakow in early February to discuss biodiversity, culture and traditions, with a special focus on the relationships between cities and rural areas.

Wir haben es Satt!: 160 Tractors, 33,000 People and -2 Degrees

That a demonstration manages to attract over 30,000 marchers is no easy thing, particularly when it is held during the icy chill that is January in Berlin. But every year since 2011, the “Wir haben es Satt!” (“We’re fed up!”) demonstration has managed to inspire thousands of farmers and ordinary citizens to gather in the city and march from the central station to the Brandenburg Gate. The messages of the protestors are clear: less agro-industry and more farms, no to GMOs and neonicotinoids, less consumption of meat and more animal welfare and support for the rights of farmers and for a Europe based on solidarity.

Glyphosate—activism pays off. EU sets up enquiry commission

Europe isn’t only calls for austerity and budget restrictions, and sometimes it’s prepared to show it. Last week, in fact, the European Parliament approved the composition of a special enquiry commission to look into authorization procedures for pesticides. Though the battle over renewal has been lost—at least for the moment—a civil awareness is growing around glyphosate and agrochemicals in general that politics can no longer afford to ignore.

Food Waste: is there a way out?

FAO figures continue to paint a pitiless picture of the current situation: Western consumers throw away around 222 million tons of food every year, almost as much as the entire food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons). Political decision-makers might be struggling to make real commitments in the war against waste, but each of us can contribute to fighting the flaws in the current food system on a daily basis.

Commission rejects demands of #StopGlyphosate citizens’ initiative

The European Commission has issued its formal response to the #StopGlyphosate European Citizens Initiative (ECI). It officially recognised the submission of more than one million signatures on 6 October. Today’s response is an answer to the ECI’s three demands for a ban of glyphosate, a reform of the EU pesticide approval process and mandatory EU targets to reduce pesticide use.