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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.



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United States | 21/10/2013 | October 16 was an important day for anyone who follows developments in the food industry or food policy.

Bulgaria | 21/10/2013 | Preserving the gastronomic jewels of a richly diverse region...

United States | 16/10/2013 | The World Food Prize, also known as ‘the Nobel Prize for food and agriculture’ attributed this year to three...

11/10/2013 | The growing global movement against food waste joins forces on World Food Day...

Italy | 01/10/2013 | Following a supposed trilogue between the European Parliament, Council and Commission, in which the Council...

Belgium | 27/09/2013 | Yet again, the so called trilogue process has turned out to be a monologue by the Council of Agriculture...

Belgium | 25/09/2013 | Parliament and Council negotiators reached a deal Tuesday evening on outstanding Common Agricultural Policy...

Italy | 24/09/2013 | Consumers' trust in organic products together with a demand for stricter rules at EU level, are among the...

Italy | 17/09/2013 | One day, many thousands of years ago, probably in Iraq, or somewhere else in the Fertile Crescent, a man...

Lithuania | 10/09/2013 | On September 8–10 during the informal meeting in Vilnius the Ministers of Agriculture discussed the family...

Belgium | 03/09/2013 | In May 2013, the European Commission announced a two-year restriction on the use of three insecticides:...

Italy | 02/09/2013 | Bees prosper where there is biodiversity, and biodiversity is guaranteed by the pollination by bees. A...

United Kingdom | 20/08/2013 | In 8 Months, Humanity Exhausts Earth's Budget for the Year

Belgium | 08/08/2013 | The EU's proposal that 2015 should be the

Italy | 07/08/2013 | Thinking about the welfare of the animals whose products we eat—what they eat, where they live, their living...

Belgium | 06/08/2013 | The European Commission has launched an on-line consultation on the role of family farming with a view to...

Belgium | 02/08/2013 | The European Commission adopted a Regulation amending Commission Regulation (EC) No. 501/2008 of 5 June 2008...

Italy | 01/08/2013 | It’s annoying to hear about the misery of farm animals while you’re enjoying a hamburger. But, the musician...

Belgium | 30/07/2013 | The horsemeat scandal brought the issue of transparency in the food chain into the public eye, fuelling...

Belgium | 29/07/2013 | Grassland butterflies have declined dramatically between 1990 and 2011. This has been caused by intensifying...

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