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Nourish is developing a comprehensive policy platform for sustainable, local food in consultation with our members
Nourish Scotland is developing a series of practical projects to help rebuild a sustainable food infrastructure for Scotland.
What does the Common of Common Agricultural Policy really mean? Very basically, it means that in the late 1950s, the then 6 members of the European Economic Community decided to create a common market for certain agricultural products, and by the same token agreed to agree on one single, common agricultural policy. Quite simple. However, […]
You don’t often see farmers or food producers on stage. You definitely never see a Peruvian Cherimoya farmer, a South African fisherman, a Sri Lankan rice grower and a Dutch pig farmer together on one stage. The ‘Farmers in the Spotlight’ session on the third day of We Feed The Planet powerfully showed the importance […]
By Bella Crowe Over the last few days, we’ve been hearing about why people farm: “You can live without so many things in this world, all this technology, but you cannot live without food. That’s why I farm”, Camara Mohamed from Mali. We’ve also heard about the various struggles which are intimately related to the […]
The Common Agricultural Policy, also known as the CAP, has since its inception in the early 1960s been the largest common policy of the European Union, in terms of budget and of impact. It initially achieved its stated objectives very successfully: raising farmers’ incomes and ending hunger in Europe by increasing agricultural production. However, 50 […]
Benefit sanctions leave the most vulnerable in society with no money whatsoever. In a battle between hunger and crime, many have stolen small amounts of food to feed themselves and their family. New compulsory court fines mean that people found guilty of stealing food who cannot pay the fines are sent to prison. Why are […]
By Bella Crowe When we talk about the food system, we are talking about gender, we are talking about racism, we are talking about capitalism. This has rung loud and clear throughout the last few days here at We Feed the Planet, with discussions on the commons, migration, and women. Inequalities and systems of oppression […]
Who feeds Scotland? Who now, and in the future? How we can feed ourselves better? What is farming for? And where should farming be going? In June 2015 the Scottish Government released a discussion document, The Future of Scottish Agriculture, setting out a vision and strategy for farming in Scotland in the next decade and […]
That’s how Joris Lohman, the chair of the Slow Food Youth Network, opened We Feed The Planet in Milan. And he’s probably right. We are more than 2000 young people, from over 120 countries. There’s a Bavarian butcher. An Argentinian fisherwoman. A delegation from Kyrgyzstan wearing their traditional felt hats (the kalpak). An urban farmer from […]
This year, the World Expo is in Milan. For the past five months Milan has been the heart of the global food system – the theme for 2015 is ‘Feeding the planet: energy for life’. The stated ambitions of the Expo as ‘a platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme […]
Shelagh Young reflects on fair work conditions in the food industry. On Saturday I took part in a panel discussion at the Take One Action film festival alongside renowned food writer and activist Joanna Blythman and the STUC’s Dave Moxam. The discussion followed the screening of Food Chains, a moving account of a campaign by […]