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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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European Citizens' Initiative against TTIP and CETA rejected by the EU Commission
Belgium | 16/09/2014
In response to the ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), more than 200 European organizations, including Slow Food, launched a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI): a tool to request that the European Commission deal with a subject and introduce a legislative proposal. The ECI called on the Commission to repeal the negotiating mandate for the TTIP, and asked for the CETA not to be concluded. Last week, the European Commission rejected the registration of this ECI, stating that the negotiating mandates on TTIP and CETA are not legal acts but rather internal preparatory acts between EU institutions, and therefore not contestable via an ECI. This decision reinforces concerns on the transparency of the negotiations and has been contested by the STOP TTIP alliance on legal grounds.

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