150 civil society groups call for reform of European agricultural policies

Brussels, 6 March 2017 – Over 150 European civil society organisations representing environmental and social justice networks, organic farmers, pastoralists, peasants, sustainable forestry groups, health groups, animal welfare organisations, consumer rights bodies, development, fair-trade, cultural heritage and rural development organisations, consumer co-operatives, sustainable tourism and crafts associations from 25 EU countries have today called on EU leaders to carry out a radical reform of the CAP and related policies.

The call comes as agricultural ministers meet in Brussels [1] to discuss future reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and also in light of the public consultation [2] launched by the European Commission on the future of the policy.

In a common statement titled ‘Good Food, Good Farming – Now’ [3] the signatories state that the current food and farming system is no longer functioning, since it props up the agro-industrial status quo, and call for a fundamental reform of Europe’s broken agricultural policy. [4] Such a reform is urgently needed to enable a transition towards a food and farming system which supports fair and diverse food and farming economies, is underpinned by viable alternatives such as organic and agro-ecological farming, and which respects the environment and animal welfare, supports citizens’ health, and is publicly accountable.

Stephen Meredith, Deputy Policy Manager, IFOAM EU said: "Civil society calls for a fundamental reform of the Common Agricultural Policy because we need a new deal between farmers and citizens. The current CAP supports a broken system - with the countryside losing farmers, good food not reaching all people and the planet being threatened".

"CAP is public money and should deliver tangible environmental and socio-economic outcomes such as jobs, rural vitality, biodiversity, soil and water quality".

 

NOTES

  1. Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Agenda, 6 March 2017
  2. The European Commission’s Public Consultation on ‘Modernising and Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)’ began on 2 February and is open until the 2 May 2017.
  3. Full statement: Civil Society Statement on the Reform of European Agricultural Policies
  4. Some problems with the food and farming system in the EU:


For more information, please contact:

Stephen Meredith, Deputy Policy Manager
+32 (0)2 280 11 51
stephen.meredith [@] ifoam-eu.org

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