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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Faced with the rise of nationalism and xenophobia, Food Sovereignty is more necessary than ever.

2017-03-16 Food Sov.jpgWith the Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the rise of the extreme right in Europe and the increase in migration, there is an urgent need to intensify the cooperation between countries and their populations. Wars, climate change, the depletion of natural resources, poverty, hunger and malnutrition, but also the increase in inequalities, are all fundamental problems that humanity must seek to resolve together.  This cannot be done without questioning both the current neoliberal globalization, and the xenophobic and nationalist orientations that are opposed to economic globalization while protecting and defending their own interests. 

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