The „Good Food, Good Farming” initiative calls for a more sustainable Common Agricultural Policy, vibrant rural areas and access to local food
European policies have an impact on the food that European citizens consume: every year more than € 60 billion of taxpayers' money is distributed to farmers through the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Currently, the largest farmers, most often growing crops in industrial quantities, receive the biggest sums.
In October 2020, thousands of Europeans raised their voices in protest of the devastating deal for the future of agriculture in Europe. Activists, farmers, nature lovers and animal advocates, together with the general civil society, have called for a CAP that meets the environmental, social and economic challenges we face. Since then, European parliamentarians, agriculture ministers and the Commission have negotiated a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which accounts for a third of the European Union's total budget. In June 2021, they reached an agreement and decided to continue the usual model of profit from industrial agriculture, which destroys nature and biodiversity, contributes to climate change and threatens the future of small-scale agriculture in Europe and the world. With these decisions, they consolidate the status quo by investing billions of euros in ordinary business, paying most of the money blindly as subsidies per hectare.
This autumn is the final vote on the CAP amendments. That is why now more than ever the voice of the people must be heard! We, the STEP experts, support the Good Food, Good Farming initiative - #GoodFoodGoodFarming and the demands for a more sustainable CAP, for the protection of soil, water, seeds, food producers, animals and the food we eat.
You can also contribute to the change of the status quo by joining the action days from 1st to 31st of October 2021 and expressing support for:
- access to local, healthy and culturally-appropriate food for all;
- lively rural areas and more people in farming;
- no GMOs and major reduction of chemical pesticides and fertilizers;
- fair income and decent working conditions for farmers, land workers, pastoralists and fishers;
- subsidies to support farmers in the transition to more sustainable practices;
- protection of biodiversity, the environment and the climate;
- higher animal welfare and fewer, higher-quality animal products;
- international trade agreements that protects human rights and supports efforts to create;
- socially just and ecologically resilient societies;
- more participation of farmers, consumers and activists in political decision making.