Cheese 2019: New European Green Goals Give Hope for Bees and Pollinators

With the new European Commission promising to implement a European Green Deal, the expectations are high for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform to truly address the needs of the environment. The Green Deal should include biodiversity protection strategy and the reduction of the use of pesticides – vital steps to stop the decline of pollinators. On September 21, the second day of the Cheese Festival in Bra, speakers from the European Commission and several European non-governmental organizations discussed how the CAP reform fits into the narrative around the protection of the environment, biodiversity, and sustainable food systems.

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.

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.

Let’s Save the Soil!

Slow Food and Legambiente, along with over 300 organizations united in the “People 4 Soil” network, launch a petition in defense of the soil at Terra Madre.

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.

Polizzi Badda Beans and Stichelton Hosted in Brussels

Wednesday June 29 was a special day for two producers of European Slow Food Presidia who were hosted in Brussels by the European Commission’s Environment Directorate-General at a Lunchtime Conference. These lunch-hour events are opportunities for debates and exchanges of ideas with European officials.