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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.

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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.

OUR CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES

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Greens/EFA call on Commission and Council to fix EU’s broken agricultural policies

Members of the European Parliament will debate Empowering farmers and rural communities. It is clear that the EU’s agricultural policies are broken. Those who work to keep this broken system alive pretend to care about farmers. The Greens/EFA have long called for a complete reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and was the only …
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Photo by James Baltz on Unsplash
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Greens/EFA call for a new strong pesticides reduction proposal

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the withdrawal of the Sustainable use of Pesticides Regulation (SUR). The Greens/EFA call for a new strong proposal and will be pushing to see this proposal back on the agenda ahead of the elections.
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MEPs put nail in the coffin for sustainable EU pesticides regulation

Cheered on by the big agri industry lobbies, right-wing MEPs together with the far-right, managed to weaken the text in crucial areas. In the end, the text was not good enough for anyone to support it. Members of the European Parliament failed to protect human health and the health of our planet.
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Member States fail to ban glyphosate - Greens/EFA urge Commission to act

Member States missed their last chance to ban the use of glyphosate for the next decade. The Commission will now take a decision on the renewal of the use of glyphosate. The Greens/EFA urge the Commission to take into account the overwhelming scientific proof of the dangers of using glyphosates both for peoples health and for nature
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Greens/EFA urges Member States to ban glyphosate

The Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) was unable to reach the qualified majority needed to approve the 10 year renewal of the use of glyphosate proposed by the Commission. The Greens/EFA Group has long advocated for a complete ban of the use of glyphosate.
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Low waters of the Rhine river in summer 2022 / CC0 Bernd Dittrich
Low waters of the Rhine river in summer 2022 / CC0 Bernd Dittrich
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The impact of glyphosate on aquatic ecosystems

Join us for the launch of the PAN Europe report on glyphosate in aquatic environments. We will discuss its impact and the potential risks of this herbicide. We will also share which policy recommandations the report puts forward.
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Nature vote a success for people, planet & responsible politics

The European Parliament adopted its position for the negotiations on the Nature Restoration Law. The EPP’s motion for a complete rejection of the European Commission's proposal did not find a majority. The negotiations of the European Parliament with the Council and the European Commission on the Nature Restoration Law and central buildin…
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Plenary Flash 10-13 July 2023

On the agenda this week: nature restoration law, Fit for 55 & industrial emissions directive, search & rescue in the Mediterranean, EU Chips Act, ecodesign regulation, ING2/Qatargate,...
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Patents and new genomic techniques

The agricultural biotechnology industry is lobbying hard to exclude plants derived from ‘new genomic techniques’ from the EU's GMO law. This conference will provide new information on recent patent applications and discuss the potential impacts of patented seeds on EU plant breeding, farming and consumers.
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Parliament to have final say on key nature bill in July

Members of the Environment Committee have just voted on the Nature Restoration Law. The Law will now go to the European Parliament Plenary session in July. There was no majority in favour of rejecting the law, despite the efforts of the EPP Group to attack nature and the Green Deal. The compromise did not get a majority.