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.
Moreover, no representative of NGOs has been invited to speak as a panelist at the conference, which would afforded the opportunity to present a different and comprehensive approach to agriculture and its needs in Europe.
The group of NGOs decided to boycott the conference “in order not to lend legitimacy to a debate and a policy which do not merit it”.
Read our joint statement below: