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On May 8, Slow Food Europe joined forces with over 30 civil society organizations and think tanks to call on the next European Commission President to put an EU food policy in place. In an open letter to the lead candidates for the presidency, the organizations – representing the sectors of farming, fisheries, environment, animal welfare, health, consumers, development, social justice, climate, and forestry- also called for a European Commission Vice-President to be made responsible for ensuring the transition to sustainable food systems.
“A Common Food Policy for Europe is urgently needed to address climate change, halt biodiversity loss, curb obesity, and making farming reliable for the next generation.” This was the key message of a report launched today by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), following a three-year process of participatory research. Slow Food was among 400 food system actors who helped to shape a blueprint for a reform, which was presented at the high-level meeting at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
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.
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, attended the opening ceremony of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2018. The commissioner was vocal on the importance of addressing food waste, and was involved in a number of debates, with audience members and Slow Food President and Founder, Carlo Petrini.
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.
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.