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Important decisions are being made for the future of food production across Europe, and Slow Food is working to ensure the integration of good, clean and fair aspects and the promotion of sustainable small-scale practices. Currently, we are focused on the European Union’s reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Born as an idea in the 18th century, the European Union grew gradually in its powers and spheres, and today represents and regulates for half a billion citizens in 27 countries. Under the pressure of social, economic and environmental crises and well aware that we are at a turning point in history, Brussels aims to support the harmonious development of European societies through its policies.

In the environmental sector especially, the EU is developing new policies and action plans to stop biodiversity decline, tackle climate change and protect ecosystems. These aspects are key to discussions of the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Slow Food is following the process closely and the association’s members, European national association and producers united in the Terra Madre network are campaigning for a positive outcome.

Slow Food’s position on the Common Agricultural Policy is outlined in the document Towards a New Common Agricultural Policy (right column), and outlines how we believe that focusing on sustainable small-scale production and young people can help retain Europe’s rich agricultural and culinary identities. Slow Food promotes food sovereignty, the right of peoples to decide what they grow and eat. It advocates a holistic approach to agriculture and fisheries, harnessing social aspects (the connection between producers and consumers), environmental aspects (the protection of biodiversity, water reserves and soil fertility) and cultural aspects (the conservation of traditional knowledge). It opposes the standardization of taste and culture, and the unrestrained power of the food industry multinationals and industrial agriculture.

By working together with other organizations, along with the European Union, we can achieve positive results for all, upholding the rights of millions of small- scale sustainable producers and concerned consumers.

Slow Food gratefully acknowledges funding support from the European Commission. All content and opinions expressed on this page are solely those of Slow Food.

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Belgium | 16/09/2014 | In response to the ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and on the...

Belgium | 15/09/2014 | Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, this week announced the names of his...

Belgium | 03/09/2014 | The European Commission will have a significant presence at this year’s edition of the Salone del Gusto and...

Belgium | 03/09/2014 | In a new campaign launched yesterday, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) stepped up demand for origin...

Belgium | 02/09/2014 | Environment Committee debate on Wednesday 3 September on the directive (2010/0208 (COD)) which is supposed to...

Switzerland | 28/08/2014 | Nestlé has signed an agreement with World Animal Protection to improve animal welfare on the farms in its...

France | 20/08/2014 | Anti-food-waste initiatives are multiplying. But what responsibility do consumers have?

United Kingdom | 12/08/2014 | In a country that just a year ago decided to introduce the “traffic light labeling” system, using green,...

Italy | 29/07/2014 | With 14 million people still living in the Alps, Europe’s mountains are an incredible resource, yet we lack...

France | 24/07/2014 | Who's heard of the Mediterranean Prud'homies, local fishing management institutions that have existed in...

Belgium | 16/07/2014 | We are writing to express our concern that the launch of the Communication on Sustainable Food, initially...

Italy | 09/07/2014 | On July 7, during the UN Leadership Forum that took place in Turin, Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini received...

Belgium | 03/07/2014 | The European Commission has adopted the Communication "Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for...

Belgium | 02/07/2014 | “Italy’s presidency of the European Union will undoubtedly be a unique occasion for our country to set the...

United Kingdom | 27/06/2014 |

This video highlights the results of the...

Belgium | 25/06/2014 | The European Union has said yes. And now the European farmers and food producers who work and live in the...

Belgium | 16/06/2014 | Back in April, Feeding the 5000 landed in Brussels, bringing a strong message against food waste to town....

Belgium | 13/06/2014 | Important developments on the GMO front: Let’s start with Italy, where we were happy to hear that the State...

Italy | 12/06/2014 | After three years of stalemate, Europe’s environment ministers will today be asked to vote on a draft law...

Belgium | 09/06/2014 | Why are bees dying around the world? If we lose pollinating insects, what else do we lose? What impact are...

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