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Open letter to the European Commission and European Parliament on language use in EU Consultation processes

27 October 2021

We are sending this letter as European Coordination Via Campesina, representing 31 organisations of peasant farmers, small- and medium-scale farmers and agricultural workers on the European continent. As you might know, 77% of farms in the EU are smaller than 10 hectares and in economic terms, 70 % make less than 8000 euros/year (EUROSTAT 2020). Even today, as small and medium-scale farmers, we are the ones providing most of the food consumed by the European population. In Italy, for example, large farms produce only 5.4% of the national production, while smaller farms produce 25.5% of the total production. In 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas recognising not only the importance that this group plays in the future of our society, but also the structural discrimination we experience compared to other sectors of society. For instance, in Europe our average income is much lower than the average income of other sectors.

Read below the full letter to find out more.