Hello and welcome to our April Newsletter!
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.
Dr. Oliver Moore and Luise KÃ¶rner (Communications Team, ARC2020)