Loud Voices for Good Food Good Farming in Europe Again

The European Days of Action for Good Food Good Farming are just around the corner. In October, Slow Food Europe will join forces with other civil society groups across Europe to demand of decision-makers that they implement food and farming systems which support small farmers and rural livelihoods, and protect our soil, water, ecosystems, and biodiversity. The first joint Good Food Good Farming action took place last October and saw the emergence of more than 60 events across 19 European countries. 

A New Strategic Agenda: Will the EU Turn its Promises into Actions?

The leaders of the European Union have adopted the EU’s Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024, where the main priorities for the upcoming years were set. Slow Food Europe is pleased to see that climate change and the sustainable future of Europe were brought into the Strategic Agenda as one of the key topics for the next five-year framework. However, the eight-page document did not go into detail on how “a climate neutral, green, fair and social Europe” will be built.  

Slow Food at the Private Land Conservation Workshop in Romania

On 3-7 June, the third international Private Land Conservation workshop was held by the European Private Land Conservation Network (ELCN) in Sighisoara, Romania. The workshop looked at examples of successful cooperative models for private land conservation. Participants discussed how conservationists, landowners, land users, public authorities, and other stakeholders can work together to foster private land conservation. Dessislava Dimitrova representing Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, was one of the invited speakers and explored the links between food culture and land conservation.

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.