Relevance of the Concept of Food Sovereignty in Denmark

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-05-10_Food_Sov_Denmark.jpgFrie Bonder (Via Campesina Denmark) publication 

Does the concept of food sovereignty make sense in a wealthy country like Denmark? As it does in countries of the Global South? That question was debated at a conference on food sovereignty in the parliament building in  Copenhagen on May 3. Genevieve Savigny spoke on behalf of the European Coordination Via Campesina, and Ole Faergeman (Frie Bonder – Via Campesina Denmark) argued how the concept is useful in any meaningful discussion of policies for farming, fishing and food, even in a country like Denmark. The core meaning of food sovereignty is democratic control of production of healthy and adequate food from small scale farming and fishing that do not violate natural ecosystems more than necessary. The term was coined by La Via Campesina more than 20 years ago. 

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Landworkers’ Alliance post-Brexit Policy launch – A Place at The Table

2015-04-LWA-logo-small.jpgPress Release

The Landworkers’ Alliance will be launching our post-Brexit policy recommendations outside Defra’s offices -17 Smith Square, London – at 1.00pm on Friday 21st April. The launch will feature a dining table promoting the high-quality fresh produce of our members to highlight the need for small-scale and family farmers to be offered a ‘place at the table’ in upcoming negotiations over the future of UK agriculture policy.

The launch will feature the release of a comprehensive 18-page report outlining the LWA’s key policy proposals for re-orientating agricultural support to deliver high quality food to UK consumers while building an environmentally, socially and economically resilient farming industry. Embargoed copies of the report will be available from Wednesday 19th April on request.

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When the promise of a soft landing turns into a real crash

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-04-03_Yacine_Milk_Crisis.jpgTwo years after the announcement that led to the end of the dairy quota regime March 31, 2015, no glimmer of hope looms on the horizon of dairy producers. Today, the majority of dairy producers in Europe continue to sell every kilo of milk at a loss.

The stock of milk powder amounts to 418.978 million Tm. What’s more, springtime has come, and we’re in the eve of taking our cows out to the meadows, we therefore expect a very significant increase in production. To this we must add, that the consumption of liquid milk is declining in many countries in the EU. 

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The agricultural policy must serve the people

2017-03-30 Genevieve.jpgOp-ed article by Geneviève Savigny, peasant in Haute Provence (France) and member of the Coordinating Committee of the European Coordination Via Campesina.

Where have the consistency between the objectives and tools that prevailed in 1957 gone, when we signed the Treaty of Rome ? A radical shift in policy is necessary in the European Union. 

Agriculture, a source of food and of numerous useful products for human life, concerns the whole of society. There was surely a sort of consensus between the agricultural world, policy makers and society on the role played by farmers and the objectives of an agricultural policy, when the Treaty of Rome, signed in 1957, laid the foundations for the first Common Agricultural Policy. It was first necessary to guarantee food security for people, and thereby produce more, modernize farms but also equip the houses of peasant families where several generations often lived together with the comfort already found in cities. The initial objectives and tools were consistent; increase agricultural productivity, ensure a fair standard of living for the agricultural population, stabilise markets, guarantee security of supply, and ensure reasonable prices for consumers. Cheap food would enable keeping low wages and foster Europe’s industrial development. 

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