On January 19, at the foot of Berlin’s Brandenburg gate, 35,000 activists and citizens of all ages gathered to send a loud and clear message to policy makers: Wir Haben es Satt! “ We have had enough!”. Its 9th installment took place on the week of the Berlin Agriculture Ministers‘ Conference and Berlin’s International Green Week, which attracted many European stakeholders and decision-makers to the capital of Germany.
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.
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.
A Protein Plan for Europe is due to be presented at the high-level conference in Vienna at the end of November. Slow Food urges the European Commission not to compromise any further, and to ensure a sustainable supply of protein crops for human consumption and take into consideration all sensitive issues raised by civil society. Slow Food recognizes that a new Protein Plan could be an important development opportunity for Europe, but if it fails to address intensive animal production and broader options to diversify protein production, it risks becoming a lost cause. The Commission’s report on the development of plant proteins in the European Union will examine the current supply and demand of plant proteins in the EU and the potential for future development.
Slow Food is joining the European Days of Action to call for decision-makers to support a sustainable transition of food and farming. The European Days of Action for Good Food and Good Farming will take place across Europe in the days leading up to the end of October, with most activities planned on 27-28 October. In these days Madrid, London, Berlin and tens of other European cities will invite their citizens, small-scale farmers and civil society to take part in demonstrations and various other initiatives.
The Civil Society agreed that the New Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) needs to be brave to outpace arising problems and to lead an urgent transition towards a sustainable food system at the thematic forum at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto. The biannual event, organized by Slow Food in collaboration with the Region of Piedmont and the City of Turin, has become a part of the European Days of Action this year. The movement tries to put pressure on decision-makers and calls for the better CAP. Terra Madre Salone del Gusto takes place in Turin, Italy, on 20-24 September.
Food waste, necessary reforms in agriculture and animal farming, and alternatives to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be among the main topics discussed with European Union officials and representatives of European non-governmental organizations at the 12th edition of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto.