The unfolding climate and ecological catastrophes, the loss of farming communities and our food sovereignty require an immediate U-turn. To convince political decision makers in the reform process of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, and to counter the power of industry intrests, we orchastrate a pan-European shout out for radical agricultural reforms.
Throughout the action month of October, individuals and organisaitons across Europe will organise events and street actions to show the wide support for a climate-neutral, environmentally sustainable and socially fair transition of agriculture. Togehter with e-actions in social networks we will increase the pressure on national governments and European institutions. Between automn 2020 and spring 2021, decision makers at EU and national level will take crucial decisions in the reform of the CAP, that will pave the way for the future of agriculture in Europe and globally. This is our moment to speak up and act.
EU’s food and farming system has become increasingly industrialised with greater chemical input, the proliferation of factory farming and the increasing consolidation by larger and fewer corporations. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union (EU) is a crucial part of this problem. It shapes the farming and food systems in Europe, as well as many aspects of farming in the rest of the world. It is THE key to transforming EU food production, distribution and consumption onto a path of climate-neutrality, in spite of the fact that it is currently entirely ill-equipped for the job. Many of its negative impacts on the environment, animal welfare, social equity and health result from an outdated focus on perpetuating growth in food production as a driver of economic growth, resulting in an unfettered industrialisation of food production and globalised trade in agricultural goods at the detriment even of food security and financial viability.
Previous reforms of the EU’s CAP have ignored the position and opinion of consumers as well as sustainable and small-scale food producers and retailers. Millions of people want a different Europe with a more sustainable and small-scale farmer-friendly system. We invite people from across Europe to raise their voices and participate in different activities so that decision-makers can no longer ignore the support for peasant farmers, environment- and climate-friendly agriculture which is tied into local economies across global food chains.
After a diverse and empowering mobilisation in 2018 and 2019, Good Food Good Farming calls for a third wave of campaigning activities in 2020 and increase pressure in automn, when the European Parliament and the Members States in Council will take important decisions on the CAP.