Good Food, Good Farming – Now!


Se nourrir sans détruire! 250 citoyens ont participé le 19.6.2014 à Luxembourg à un déjeuner convivial pour une politique agricole durable.


Civil Society Statement on the Reform of European Agricultural Policies


We, the undersigned organisations, believe that the European food and farming system is broken: that it is working for the interests of a few to the detriment of the majority of people, farmers, and the planet.


Europe's food and farming system directly contributes to a wasteful use of finite global resources and damages the environment by contributing to climate change, biodiversity loss, depletion of fisheries, deforestation, soil erosion, water scarcity, as well as water and air pollution. Factory-style farming – largely dependent on imports and a major contributor to antimicrobial resistance – has been promoted at the expense of viable incomes for farmers and jobs in rural areas in Europe, as well as human rights, decent work, and livelihoods in developing countries. Farmers are facing a flawed choice between bankruptcy and further intensification. Farmers practising credible alternatives like organic and agro-ecological agriculture remain on the fringes in favour of business as usual. At the same time, high levels of undernourishment, the rapid rise in obesity and unhealthy diets are among the main causes of death and disease both in Europe and worldwide.


The EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has contributed to this broken food and farming system through the promotion of agro-industrial farming methods and global commodity chains. In order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement, the EU must carry out a radical reform of the CAP and related policies. A fairer, more sustainable and resilient system is urgently needed. The undersigned organisations call for a major transformation of Europe's food and farming system on the basis of the following principles:


-        Fair and diverse  food  and farming economies: ensure a fair income and decent work conditions for farmers and farm workers; facilitate access to farmland for sustainable peasant farming; encourage short supply chains and sustainable public procurement policies; grant fair access to high quality products for all consumers; prevent negative impacts on people's right to food and on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the global south.


-        Healthy environment and a food and farming system  that respects animal welfare: ensure the end of harmful      subsidies; reward and incentivise the delivery of positive environmental and social outcomes; restore and prevent further loss of biodiversity; encourage conservation and active use of genetic diversity; ensure agricultural production is free from synthetic chemical pesticides and mineral fertilisers that harm the environment; prevent and minimise food waste throughout the food chain; halt food and feed imports linked to deforestation; ensure that animal health and welfare are effectively respected; replace the current industrial livestock system with extensive alternatives where animals are not treated as mere commodities and  the  balance  between  livestock  and  land  capacity  is  ensured,  while  the  overuse  of  antibiotics prevented; radically reduce emissions from farming and ensure a transition towards a resilient food and farming system.


-        Support   for  citizens' health  and  well-being: ensure our food and farming system fosters healthy, nutritious, seasonal, local, culturally appropriate and affordable diets; encourage lower levels of animal product consumption; raise citizens' awareness of the impacts of consumption on their own health, on farmers, animals and the environment; prevent negative impacts of agricultural methods on the health of farmers, farm workers and rural populations.


-        A publicly accountable food  system  with  participatory governance, citizens' empowerment and democracy:  involve citizens in transparent decision making processes; prevent corporate capture of decision making; empower local communities to lead the transformation.


We are committed to achieving a real transition by working in partnership with farmers, citizens and policy- makers. Therefore, we urge the European institutions and national policymakers to rethink the role and direction of European agriculture policies and use the principles presented above as a basis for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy reform process.

List of organisations supporting the statement / March 2017

EU- und internationale Organisationen

ACT Alliance EU


Agricultural and Rural Convention

Arche Noah

Bee Life European Beekeeping Coordination

BirdLife Europe

CEEweb for Biodiversity


Climate Action Network Europe

Compassion in World Farming

Corporate Europe Observatory

Euro Coop

Eurogroup for Animals

European Coordination Via Campesina

European Environmental Bureau

European Public Health Alliance

Fair Trade Advocacy Office



Friends of the Earth Europe


Humane Society International/Europe

IFOAM EU – International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements EU

Pesticide Action Network Europe

Slow Food





DKA Austria Hilfswerk der Katholischen Jungschar

Grüne Bäuerinnen und Bauern Österreich

Slow Food Pinzgau

Slow Food Vorarlberg


Welthaus Diözese Graz-Seckau



BioForum Vlaanderen

Carbon Market Watch



Slow Food Metropolitan Brussels

Voedsel Anders



Association of Slow Food in Bulgaria

BIOSELENA Foundation for organic agriculture

BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria

Europe and We

Za Zemiata - Friends of the Earth Bulgaria



Association Kinookus


Tschechische Republik

Czech Society for Ornithology/Birdlife Czech Republic

Slow Food Palava



DOF / BirdLife Denmark

NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark

Økologisk Landsforening / Organic Denmark

The Danish Society for Nature Conservation



Finnish Association for Organic Farming – Luomuliitto

The Finnish NGDO Platform to the EU Kehys



Compassion In World Farming France

Ecologie Développement Durable Démocratie

Fédération Nationale d'Agriculture Biologique

Générations Futures

la ferme Bio de l'Estuaire

Le Ruban Vert

LPO France (BirdLife France)

Mouvement d'Agriculture Biodynamique




BUND - Friends of the Earth Germany

Demeter e.V.

Deutscher Naturschutzring

Die Freien Bäcker e.V.

ECOVIN Bundesverband Ökologischer Weinbau Wormser

Institut für Welternährung- World Food Institute eV. Berlin

NABU Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V.


Slow Food Deutschland e. V.

Slow Food Youth Deutschland



ANTIGONE - Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence

Argos Animal Welfare Thessaloniki

Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki

Eptapsyhes-Nine Lives

Hellenic Ornithological Society/BirdLife Greece

NatureFriends Greece

No Border Workshop


Single Ecological Metamorphosis and Mesogeion



Magyar Biokultúra Szövetség

MME/BirdLife Hungary

Slow Food Heves-Mátra

Slow Food Nagykoru



BirdWatch Ireland



Aam Terra Nuova

Compassion in World Farming Italy

Consorzio della Quarantina

DEAFAL ONG - Delegazione Europea per l'Agricoltura in Asia, Africa e America Latina

Federazione Pro Natura

FederBio - Italian Federation of Organic And Biodynamic Agriculture

Legambiente Onlus

Lipu - BirdLife Italy

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Italy

Slow Food Italia

Soleterre ONLUS

Unaapi- Unione Nazionale Associazioni Apicoltori Italiani



Latvian Fund for nature



Action Solidarité Tiers Monde ASTM

Attac Luxembourg

Bio-Lëtzebuerg - Vereenegung fir Biolandwirtschaft Lëtzebuerg  asbl

Caritas Luxembourg

Catholic Church in Luxembourg

etika Initiativ fir Alternativ Finanzéierung

Frères des Hommes

Initiativ Liewensufank asbl

Mouvement Ecologique

natur&ëmwelt a.s.b.l.


TERRA - Transition and Education for a Resilient and Regenerative Agriculture



Breeds of Origin Conservancy

Last Friday of the Month Gourmet

Slow Food Malta



Compassion in World Farming Nederland

Museum Geelvinck


Slow Food Nederland



Compassion in World Farming Poland

Slow Food Warsaw

Slow Food Youth Wrocław



LPN - Liga para a Protecção da Natureza

SPEA - Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves



Asociația Mai bine

Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania

Slow Food Bucuresti Valahia Gusturilor

Slow Food Tara Silvania, Salaj, Romania

Slow Food Tarnava Mare



Agro-Eko forum

CEPTA - Centre for Sustainable Alternatives

Ekotrend Slovakia

Permakultúra SK

Raptor Protection of Slovakia

Slow Food Pressburg

Slow Food Youth Slovakia

SOS/BirdLife Slovakia



DOPPS-BirdLife Slovenia

Inštitut za trajnostni razvoj - Institute for Sustainable Development

Movement for Sustainable Development of Slovenia – TRS

NEC Notranjska ecological centre, Cerknica

Society for conservation, research and sustainable development of the Dinaric ecosystems – Dinaricum

Umanotera, The Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development

Zavod Svibna



Asociación Valor Ecológico, CAAE (ECOVALIA)




Swedish Society for Nature Conservation



Friends of the Earth ENWI

Slow Food England

Slow Food in the UK

Soil Association

Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming

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