Cheese: useful advice for small-scale producers in the European Union

The problem of bureaucracy is not secondary and it’s felt by small-scale producers across the continent. In particular, the laws on hygiene, which are certainly necessary but sometimes disproportionately strict, and often too complicated, with regards to the size of the artisanal enterprises they are applied to.

Let’s Save the Soil!

We’ll be launching an important challenge on September 22 at Terra Madre: collecting a million signatures from around Europe in defense of the soil.

Genetic Resources for EU Agriculture

The final conference of the Preparatory action on EU plant and animal genetic resources takes place today in Brussels. The event brings together more than three hundred participants representing EU institutions, … Continued

No agreement on glyphosate

Today, the EU vote on the Commission’s proposal to extend authorization of glyphosate for another 18 months. For the third time, Member States did not reach a qualified majority on the renewal of this pesticide.

A new and unambitious Circular Economy Package

Yesterday the Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Package. In a circular economy the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible; waste and resource use are minimised, and resources are kept within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, to be used again and again to create further value.

People 4 Soil

Slow Food joined “People 4 Soil”, a free and open network of European NGOs, research institutes, farmers associations and environmental groups. It is a network of actors worried about the increasing degradation of soils both in the EU and at global level: erosion, sealing, loss of organic matter, compaction, salinisation, landslides and contamination have negative impacts on human health, food security, natural ecosystems, biodiversity and climate, as well as on our economy.

CAP, What’s Cooking?

Bureaucratic language and European Union legalese have contrived to render the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) so hard to swallow that it has led to general disinterest about something vitally important: food and who produces it.