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FOOD THAT’S GOOD FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET!

WE WANT GOOD FOOD

Everybody wants good food! Food should taste good, be good for the planet, good for the farmer that produces it, and good for the person that buys it.

BUT THAT’S NOT CURRENTLY THE CASE

Right now, big supermarkets and massive agricultural industries are exploiting the earth and squeezing farmers out of their well deserved earnings, all to make a quick buck.

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HOW TO FIX THE FOOD SYSTEM

But the solution is actually quite simple, at least in the European Union. To save Europe’s farmers, the EU has an enormous budget (59 billion!) that it hands out as subsidies to support food production. If we invested all this money in the right way, we could radically transform the system.

OUR KEY DEMANDS TO GET GOOD FOOD FOR ALL

We want to leverage the power of the CAP money to fight against the climate crisis by:

  • Using the EU subsidies to support small farmers to produce ecological food and to reward farmers who are working in harmony with the planet and treating their animals humanely.
  • Financing small farmers and new entrants, instead of throwing money at huge agri-businesses, royal families and oligarchs that gobble up the land.
  • Investing in local farmers and in making shorter supply chains so that food doesn’t always have to travel thousands of miles, so we can support our regional economies and so we can avoid supply-chain crises in the future.

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News |

Debriefing of the September plenary session

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included the State of the European Union, the Renewable Energy Directive, the Directive on adequate Minimum Wages, Rule of law in Hungary, the Deforestation Regulation and Ska Keller stepping down as Greens/EFA President.
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Video |

Emmanuelle Bercot, Frédéric Tellier & Benoît Biteau on "Goliath" film

After the huge success of the film "Goliath", director Frédéric Tellier and actress Emmanuelle Bercot talk to MEP and farmer Benoît Biteau at a screening in Brussels.
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Letter |

Letter on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive to the European Commission

Letter to express our deep disappointment and outrage at the postponement of the proposal for a reform of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive
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Opinion |

Putin’s war puts global food security at risk. Why abandoning the Green Deal is not the solution.

Benoît Biteau Martin Häusling Sarah Wiener
Opinion by Benoît Biteau & Martin Häusling & Sarah Wiener
Ukraine’s food shortages require urgent humanitarian action. Efforts to derail the EU’s ambition on sustainable food will reduce yields and make us more vulnerable in the future.
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Event |

Goliath

The dramatic thriller Goliath tells the story of farmers fighting against toxic pesticides and a big multinational company. Join us in the European Parliament for a screening, together with the film crew and MEPs Benoit Biteau (Greens/EFA), Eric Andrieu (S&D).
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Letter |

Food Security in light of Russia’s war in Ukraine and Strengthening the Farm to Fork Strategy

For the Greens/EFA Group, the war in Ukraine and the associated geopolitical repercussions are a reason to strengthen our commitment to the European Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, as they are crucial to the future and the sustainability and security of our food system.
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Event |

European Water Forum

On Tuesday 25 January, the European Water Forum will be held in La Rochelle, the meeting place for all those committed to sustainable water resource management in Europe.
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Video |

Change the industrial farming system

Cruel animal transports are a result of bad political choices. They don't have to happen. Our current industrial farming system is bad for citizens, for the environment and for animals. It makes animals suffer. It destroys land and water. It Increases greenhouse gas emissions and bankrupts small farmers. No one else profits from it than t…
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Press release |

No green light from Greens/EFA - CAP reform is set to again fail farmers, climate & environment

The majority of MEPs voted in favour of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2023-2027. Rather than using this next CAP period, and one third of the EU budget, to help solve the climate and environment emergency, or the loss of thousands of farmers per day, the final agreement repackages the status quo and falls short of the promises …
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Video |

The Farm to Fork strategy

Will the Green Deal trigger a global hunger crisis? Or will European farmers lose their income if we allow them to use fewer pesticides? Does producing more food mean less malnutrition? ❌ No of course not.