Have your say about the future of European agriculture

By : Eating Better
Apr 7, 2017

The European Commission is currently preparing the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This will decide the future of Europe's food and farming system. They’ve launched a major online public consultation in which everyone can participate - join us and take part. 

 

 

There are signs that Europe’s food and farming system is broken. It is devastating our climate and the environment, wiping out wildlife, harming public health, and it is failing small and medium sized farmers as well as rural communities. A key driver behind all this is the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) – one of the EU’s oldest, most influential, most debated and most costly policies. 

The Living Land campaign, started by BirdLife Europe & Central Asia, the European Environmental Bureau and WWF EU, is encouraging everyone to make their voice heard in the debate on the future of agriculture at this crucial moment, and take part in the European Commission’s online Public Consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, which runs until 2 May 2017.

The campaign is calling on organisations and individuals, from as wide a variety of sectors and countries as possible, to tell the European Commission that the EU’s food and farming system is broken and that a reformed CAP must be: 

  • Fair – for farmers and rural communities.
  • Environmentally Sustainable – for clean air and water, healthy soil, and thriving plant and animal life.
  • Healthy – for good food and the well-being of all people.
  • Globally Responsible – for the planet’s climate and sustainable development around the world.

The organisers of the campaign helpfully provide recommended responses to the multiple choice Public Consultation.

 Eating Better will be filling in the public consultation, and we invite our members and supporters to do so too. We recommend including ‘adaptation to trends in consumer/societal demands’ in answer to Q1: Which are the most important challenges for EU agriculture and rural areas, to reflect our goal for sustainable diets to underpin future agricultural policies.

 

The European Commission’s online Public Consultation runs until 2 May 2017.

Read Living Land's recommended responses and rationale. 

Find out more about the Living Land coalition and its vision

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