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Climate Change

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Climate change is one of the toughest challenges currently facing Europe and the rest of the world.
It is causing and, if we fail to tackle it, will continue to cause
  • huge damage to the planet's economies;
  • danger to public health;
  • increased poverty;
  • the escalation of conflicts over access to natural resources, especially water;
  • environmental migration.

One of the root causes of climate change is the food system itself, with agriculture and food production, transport and marketing consuming more fossil energy than any other industrial sector.


The greenhouse effect and pollution are exacerbated by the industrial agrifood system, with intensive livestock breeding releasing huge quantities of pollutants into the atmosphere.


All these factors make a devastating contribution to climate change.
Slow Food believes that one way to fight and prevent climate change is to move away from the industrial agrifood system and adopt sustainable agricultural practices. 


The type of agriculture Slow Food advocates would

  • depend less on fossil fuels;
  • adopt techniques designed to retain humidity and carbon dioxide in the soil;
  • prevent soil erosion;
  • slow down desertification;
  • manage water resources more efficiently.

In so doing it would render a vital service in the fight against climate change.




 
 
Position document
On Climate Change and the Food System

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Focus on

Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe
Belgium | 03/07/2014
The European Commission has adopted the Communication "Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe" to establish a common and coherent EU framework to promote the circular economy.

Find out more here.

Slow Food Italy Comments on the Start of Italy’s Six-Month European Presidency
Belgium | 02/07/2014
“Italy’s presidency of the European Union will undoubtedly be a unique occasion for our country to set the pace on important issues, firstly the regulations on seeds and GMOs, but also animal welfare and the right to food,” said Gaetano Pascale, the president of Slow Food Italy. “That’s why we are sending our best wishes to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his team. We hope Italy will leave its mark on the future of Europe, bringing important reforms for the economy and policies on agriculture, energy and immigration. We also hope to see the creation of a Common Agricultural Policy that takes a holistic approach to the food system, contributing to the fight against waste, the protection of biodiversity and greater support for the role of local producers and consumers. Renzi said that he hopes Europe will find its soul. We at Slow Food are ready to work hard every day to help that happen.”

What is the impact of neonicotinoids on biodiversity and ecosystems?
United Kingdom | 27/06/2014


This video highlights the results of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment report on the use of neonicotinoids and provides a comprehensive, independent analysis on the use of systemic pesticides and their consequences.

EU: Yes to “Mountain Product” Designation
Belgium | 25/06/2014
The European Union has said yes. And now the European farmers and food producers who work and live in the mountains,...

Feeding the 5000!
Belgium | 16/06/2014
Back in April, Feeding the 5000 landed in Brussels, bringing a strong message against food waste to town. Slow Food and the Slow Food Youth Network were partners of the event.

Check out the video below to find out more about the day and all the partners involved.

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