Good Food, Good Farming | Days of Action 27-28 October 2018
Every single day millions of small farmers, land workers, pastoralists and fishers work hard to produce wonderful, healthy, refreshing food for our plates. We need to save this. All across Europe citizens are standing up for Good Food & Good Farming!
Join the Good Food, Good Farming Campaign this autumn to contribute to a powerful movement. Be part of the European Days of Action on the last weekend (27/28) of October 2018.
Industrial food and farming causes climate change, loss of nature, illegal logging, water scarcity, and pollution, both within the EU and the Global South Corporations are thriving while family farms are disappearing. This is because farmers, fishers, pastorialists and food artisans who produce and distribute food sustainably are marginalised in favour of big business. With 800 million hungry people and 1.5 billion obese people, we can see that the globalised food system is broken.
We are part of the solution: More and more citizens are concerned about where food comes from and how it is produced. They buy seasonal, organic and local products. This shows us that good food and good farming for all is possible - now and in the future.
2018 is a vital moment for the future of our food in Europe: every year €60 billion of taxpayers’ money is distributed to farmers through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Right now, the biggest factory farmers get the most money. But a reform of the policy is underway, and many other laws are being discussed at the same time, affecting the way we farm and what we eat. Now is the time to stand up and be heard!
We need policies that defend the interests of people, animals and the environment. We need farms instead of factories. That's why this October, the Good Food & Good Farming movement – will turn our cooking pots into a symbol for Europe´s good food and farming. We believe in Europe and that such challenges can better be solved together.
Please share the Call for Action with your network. It's available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese.
IFOAM EU'S Work on CAP
As part of the organic movement’s Vision 2030 to transform food and farming, IFOAM EU is calling for a fundamentally new approach to the CAP which is capable of transitioning European agriculture towards greater sustainability as part of an ambitious implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, IFOAM EU is clear that forthcoming CAP reforms need to set in motion a new deal between farmers and citizens that secures fair incomes, increases farm resilience, whilst meeting societal expectations.
You can see the full position paper, 'A CAP for healthy farms, healthy people, healthy planet. Public money must deliver public goods' here.