Some relationships may have problems every now and then, but others are downright toxic. Case in point: behind the scenes, plenty of farmers are caught in a downright abusive relationship with powerhouse farm lobbies. Here’s everything you need to know about this twisted tale.
On 1 February 2024, civil society organisations gathered in Brussels in front of the European Parliament in solidarity with peasants. In response to a call from the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) and the Belgian farmers’ union Fédération Unie de Groupements d’Eleveurs et d’Agriculteurs (FUGEA), organisations expressed their support for food sovereignty, organic agriculture, agroecology, peasant rights, and fair food prices.
Wetlands are highly productive and biologically diverse systems that are vital in enhancing water quality, controlling erosion, maintaining stream flows, and sequestering carbon. They are equally relevant due to their importance for biodiversity preservation and their biological services for humankind.
From spraying manure on public buildings to tractors blocking roads and causing traffic jams stretching for miles, it’s been making headlines all over. Farmers across Europe are discontent, and while the cause differs between countries, the overall message is clear: they demand better recognition and pay for their work.
2023 was full of challenging battles for nature, marked by both victories and losses. So, let’s have a look at what happened in European nature politics and delve into what lies ahead in the new year!
Today, the members of the Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Nature Restoration Law as agreed in the trilogue negotiations, approving the final text with 53 to 28 votes. The proposal is now only one step away from the European Parliament’s side of the co-decision process to become reality: adoption in plenary.