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The missing option for the CAP post 2013 – Will CAP reform ensure Food Sovereignty and Preserve Natural Resources?

4 April 2011

Political debate at the European Parliament on the CAP reform, on the 3rd of May 2011, organised by European Coordination Via Campesina within the European Network for Food Sovereignty and another CAP (FoodSovCap), and MEP Marc Tarabella (S&D).

European Coordination Via Campesina within the European Network for Food Sovereignty and another CAP (FoodSovCap), and MEP Marc Tarabella (S&D), organise a political debate at the European Parliament on May 3rd from 14.00 until 17.30 to exchange opinions on the CAP reform and its impact on food sovereignty and the conservation of natural resources. Besides Marc Tarabella, the MEPs José Bové (Greens/EFA), Patrick Le Hyaric (GUE/NGL) and Janusz Wojciechowski (ECR) will participate in the key note speakers panel. This event occurs at a crucial time. In the first week of June, the European Parliament will vote on its draft report responding to the communication of Commissioner Cioloş on the future of the European Common Agriculture Policy post 2013. This communication contains three options, but none of these options, nor the proposals that are currently being discussed by the European Parliament, will guarantee stable and just incomes for farmers and stable and fair prices for consumers. Nor will these proposals result in ecologically sustainable agriculture and a decrease of greenhouse gas emissions by agriculture. Finally, the current proposals will not put an end to the multiple forms of dumping of overproduction which destroy domestic markets in the Global South. FoodSovCap, a broad coalition of more than 100 European organisations, among them European Coordination Via Campesina, who is a founding member of this network, elaborated a fourth, missing, option based on the food sovereignty principles of the European Food Declaration signed by more than 300 organizations. More information on the programme, and registration, are available on: www.europeanfooddeclaration.org/missingoption.

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