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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 | 21/01/2014 | Currently the only piece of EU legislation which deals with the issue of cloning animals for food production...

Belgium | 20/01/2014 | European Coordination Via Campesina has organized today a mobilization in front of the European Parliament to...

Germany | 18/01/2014 | Slow Food founder addresses 30,000 people demonstrating against agribusiness in Berlin

Belgium | 16/01/2014 | During a plenary session in Strasbourg yesterday, the European Parliament, following the European...

Italy | 16/01/2014 | The Directorate-General for Agriculture of the European Commission is currently drafting a legal proposal for...

Italy | 14/01/2014 | In more than half of European countries, there are not enough honeybees to pollinate crops, according to new...

Germany | 09/01/2014 | Intensive meat and dairy production is having an increasingly devastating impact on society and the...

Belgium | 08/01/2014 | Slow Food and Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity have joined an important initiative, ‘End Ecocide in...

Italy | 16/12/2013 | The naming of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming offers many potential opportunities for the...

Switzerland | 08/12/2013 | Slow Food calls on the public to vote for Syngenta/Bayer/BASF to receive the infamous Public Eye Award…

Belgium | 06/12/2013 | The European Commission has published today a report exploring the possibilities of adopting a local farming...

Italy | 03/12/2013 | F. William Engdahl explains to students how the control of oil, food and money have been deeply...

Belgium | 02/12/2013 | Last week the European Commission has published a Report on "Genetic Resources – From Conservation to...

Belgium | 28/11/2013 | Slow Food holds a conference in Brussels as the EU opens up the debate on the European food system...

Italy | 21/11/2013 | The European Parliament held its final vote on Wednesday 20th November on the Common Agricultural Policy...

Mexico | 21/11/2013 | The Sierra Norte mountain range winds through the northeast of the state of Puebla, 300 kilometers from...

Belgium | 11/11/2013 | Despite the many concerns raised by civil society organizations and the general public about the use of...

Belgium | 05/11/2013 | Almost nine out of ten Europeans believe that biodiversity loss – the decline and possible extinction of...

Bulgaria | 04/11/2013 | Paramun is a small village 70 kilometres west of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

Italy | 30/10/2013 | Now in its fifth year, Terra Madre Day - Slow Food’s annual worldwide celebration of local food held on...

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