Terra Madre Salone del Gusto: the New CAP Has to Lead a Real Transition Towards a Sustainable Food System

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.

A Common Food Policy for the Future of Food and Farming in Europe

Brussels

Today marks the publication of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) legislative proposal, but on May 29-30 in Brussels, over 200 food system actors came together to look beyond the CAP and design a Common Food Policy. The EU Food and Farming Forum brought together farmer associations, civil society groups, scientists and administrators at local, national and European level, who share a common vision for the future of food and farming.

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.

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 Common Food Policy

On April 7, Slow Food attended the kick-off meeting of a three-year process of research and dialogue on a common food policy for Europe.