Today is the 20th anniversary of the International Day of Peasants' and Farmers' Struggle – a date highlighting the persecution and violence suffered by peasants and farmers around the world.
Over 23,000 people marched in Berlin this Saturday under the banner 'We Are Fed Up!' The march, organised by a broad coalition of organisations including Friends of the Earth Germany, Young Friends of the Earth, and allies working on issues from farming, to beekeeping, nature, animal rights, development and consumer interests, called for organic farming, animal welfare, fair trade and an end to industrial agriculture.
The globalisation of food production has led to an industrial monopoly within the agricultural sector. A small number of companies now dominate the supply of seeds, agri-chemicals, processing, logistics and even food production. However, communities across Europe are showing that there is another option, and taking back ownership of food production – as our new report shows.
Friends of the Earth Europe, ARC2020 and IFOAM EU Group's 'Good Food Good Farming' conference this week brought together more than 150 civil society members, policymakers and farmers to find solutions to fix Europe's broken food system and to take up the task of making organic, local and sustainable farming the rule, rather than the exception, across Europe.
A new opinion poll released today on the eve of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2015 in Berlin reveals high public support for more food to be produced sustainably and sold locally.
Across Europe, there is overwhelming support for the benefits of local, sustainable food – yet opinion polls show that it is hard for people to access it and citizens are demanding more of policymakers to improve the situation.
Tereza Konrádová and Klára Havlová from Hnutí DUHA/Friends of the Earth Czech Republic report on farmers across their country who are bringing sustainable, good, local food back to citizens.
Majorca is an island typically associated with mass tourism and consumerism – which is bad news for many Majorcans, particularly when it comes to their food sovereignty. There are huge demands on agricultural (and other) resources on the island: over the summer resource demands are tripled or even quadrupled to cater for the temporary holidaying population. Amigos de la Tierra/Friends of the Earth Spain are trying to fix the system by promoting sustainable, local food solutions that reconnect farmers with those who consume their food.
Over the past fifty years, the food system has become increasingly globalised and has become heavily dependent on cheap raw materials, chemical inputs and mechanisation. The system favours large-scale intensive agriculture over small-scale farmers, international food corporations over local producers.
30,000 people marched in Berlin this Sunday under the banner 'We Are Fed Up!' The march, organised by a broad coalition of organisations including Friends of the Earth Germany, Young Friends of the Earth, targeted factory farming and the threat to small-scale sustainable farming in Europe from the planned EU-US trade deal. Friends of the Earth called for sustainable food and farming, for the German government to fundamentally reform its agricultural policy and for the EU-US trade talks to protect people and planet.