|DID YOU KNOW|
European agriculture is changing, and not always for the better.
Small-scale family farms — for centuries the backbone of European economic vitality — are disappearing at an alarming rate as the interlocking forces of industrial farming and agribusiness consolidation gain ground. This threatens our economies, the environment and food safety.
European agricultural policy claims to improve the “efficiency” and “competitiveness” of our farming, but it fails to count the cost. Rather than support jobs and communities, policies foster increased reliance on imported industrial soya as cheap fuel for factory farms while communities overseas pay the price. Rather than respond to calls for food sovereignty, subsidies support the biggest operators.
Rather than support real farming and proper safety standards, companies looking to keep profits up often turn to techno-fixes which put our health and environment at risk. Poorly tested genetically modified crops find their way into the food chain based on safety assessments provided by the companies that sell them, and we have to pay more to avoid them. Nanotechnology is in our sunscreen already, and many want to see it in our food and packaging, even though it isn’t properly regulated. Food is irradiated to keep dirty industrial food processing plants on line.
Food & Water Europe is working to expose the worst of these techno-fixes and the political power pushing them onto our plates — and to halt their spread. Read the letter we sent to the UK Government with the African Centre for Biosafety and The Gaia Foundation, challenging the UK’s support for a major project pushing ill-judged agricultural techno-fixes on African farmers. Read our submission to the UK Government’s industrial policy consultation on exporting farming techno-fixes.