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EU Food Sense campaign to address poverty launched as government asks for a morsel from Brussels

Working for a Sustainable Food Policy in Europe

EU Food Sense focusses on a number of key issues, primarily the right of EU citizens to nutritious and affordable food, and also establishing a set of guiding principles on a sustainable diet, which takes into account environment, agriculture and health. EU Food Sense seeks a comprehensive reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and potential replacement with an EU-wide Sustainable Food Policy,  EU Food Sense will be placing a strong emphasis on the need to reduce meat consumption in the EU, as well as promoting a fairer balance between well-funded farmers and the consumer, especially the disadvantaged.

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3rd December: the inaugural meeting of the European Parliament's Sustainable Food Steering Group

Edward McMillan-Scott chaired the inaugural meeting of the European Parliament’s Sustainable Food Steering Group under the banner 'EU Food Sense: your right to the right food', which forms part of a wider agenda. The cross-party group of MEPs is committed to a sustainable food policy for the EU, following the UN's own 10-year human rights-focused agenda The Right to Food.

"The right to have regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means of financial purchases, to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of the people to which the consumer belongs, and which ensure a physical and mental, individual and collective, fulfilling and dignified life free of fear". - Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

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After 27 bishops signed an open letter expressing concern about Britain's increasing reliance on food banks, a leading Euro-MP announced a campaign to reform the EU's notorious Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by focusing on the needs of the public, especially the disadvantaged, instead of just farmers.

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Food banks are a symptom of system failure

THERE is justified concern over the growing reliance on food banks in the UK and across the European Union. We should consider it as a symptom of a broken food system which requires a complete overhaul. Not only do we need a food policy in the UK but also across the EU, where often prosperous farmers will get £322bn over the next seven years, while the most deprived get a meagre £3bn.

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European Parliament’s Sustainable Food Conference, The Commission's imminent food policy: Sustainability or standing still? 2 April 2014,  European Parliament

Organised by EU Food Sense, the European Parliament’s Cross-Party Sustainable Food Steering Group with the help of the food waste campaign Feeding the 5000, today's conference was a resounding success with all our fantastics speakers agreeing that we need an EU sustainable food policy. Today's strong message was that we make enough food to feed the planet but it is wasted from production and along the chain to consumption, and through feeding animals grain which should be fed to humans.

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Brussels Conference on Food – and Climate Change

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THERE is justified concern over the growing reliance on food banks across the European Union. We should consider it as a symptom of a broken food system which requires a complete overhaul. We need a sustainable food policy across the EU, where often prosperous farmers will get €350bn over the next seven years, while the most deprived get a meagre €3.5bn.

 

 

On March 30, a further report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that the impacts of global warming are likely to be "severe, pervasive and irreversible". Scientists and officials meeting in Japan said the document is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the impacts of climate change on the world.

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