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ARC2020 April Newsletter

Hello and welcome to our April Newsletter!
First I'd like to welcome our new correspondent Julius Lorenzen. Julius is an expert in geopolitics, agriculture and rural development in the countries of Eastern Europe and the CIS, particularly Ukraine, Russia and Moldova. Already in March he contributed articles on the EU-Russia sanction situation and also on the approvals process for glyphosate.
Following a vote cancellation in March - a sure sign the powers that be are shaking, if not yet quaking in their boots - there is another vote on glyphosate tomorrow. See the article further on in this newsletter for a more detailed timeline for the approval or otherwise of this controversial pesticide.

See also our dedicated CAP Greening section below - this outlines how CAP is failing both farmers and nature in many important ways.

CAP, the ongoing crisis in the dairy sector and agri-environmental  challenges are explored in some detail in posts on farm incomes in Germany, on the exceptional measures adopted by Ministers and on the implications of the impending phosphorus shortage for food production. And with 90% of Geographical Indicators being put through the mincer by CETA and TTIP, there is much to be concerned about.
We concluded our first debate of 2016  - the Livestock Debate  - with this article wrapping up the discussion and outlining some potential solutions. We think its well worth a read!

And finally, a word to our Belgian and Brussels-based friends and colleagues. We were shocked and saddened with the attacks on March 22nd. There are awful attacks all over the world, and all are equally abhorrent. Inevitably, where people you work and communicate with regularly - including on that day itself - are so close to the bombings, the reality is brought home all the more starkly.

Let's end then with reference to the resilience and good spiritedness of the people of Brussels and Belgium: The Everything Else Big Parade on March 20th - a manifestation of colour and opportunity where 35000 people came together for a better world.

Take care,

Dr. Oliver Moore and Luise Körner (Communications Team, ARC2020)
climate change

Global food production overwhelming efforts to combat climate change?

Each year our terrestrial biosphere absorbs about a quarter of all the carbon dioxide emissions that humans produce. This a very good thing; it helps to moderate the warming produced by human activities such as burning fossil fuels and cutting down forests.

Emissions from other human activities, particularly food production, are overwhelming this cooling effect. This is a worrying trend, at a time when COâ‚‚ emissions from fossil fuels are slowing down, and is clearly not consistent with efforts to stabilise global warming well below 2℃ as agreed at the Paris climate conference. To explain why, we take a look at two other greenhouse gases: methane and nitrous oxide at our website.

National experts sitting in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (Phytopharmaceuticals Section) will vote to adopt or reject the Commission proposal by qualified majority in May. If there is no such majority, it will be up to the European Commission to decide. In  a statement the Committee said “So long as serious concerns remain about the carcinogenicity and endocrine disruptive properties of the herbicide glyphosate, which is used in hundreds of farm, forestry, urban and garden applications, the EU Commission should not renew its authorisation.” Read the full article at
CAP ‘greening’, ties up farmers in bureaucracy, uses up valuable public money and still fails to protect nature or the incomes of farmers in marginalised areas adequately. Our most environmentally valuable farmland is condemned to a slow death. On our website we take a closer look at the problems and solutions in our dedicated articles: 
April 24th – Ireland Food Sovereignty Proclamation Day

On April 24th, Ireland marks the actual date its independence movement started in earnest. Irish citizens have come together to make April 24th 2016 –  the real date that marks the Easter Rising –  Ireland’s food sovereignty proclamation day. And they plan to eat and tweet about it. The question is: will there be more of a people’s remembering – a celebration of the ideas in that fateful document – on the 24th? And what on earth has this got to do with food sovereignty? Find the why and how at our website.
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