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PAC post 2020, smoky gray. We need an organic revolution

The post-2020 CAP - i.e. the Common Agricultural Policy, until 2027 - is confirmed as smoky gray. The 'aspirational' commitments of the Green Deal European, such as those of the EU Strategies Farm to Fork Biodiversity. The gray continues to obscure an aid system that rewards agrotoxicants and poisons the future, as well as the consciences of those who cause them.

Citizens vote 'bio', with the wallet at least. They shy away from pesticides and they fear them, to the point of often falling into deception on false proclamations of 'integrated struggle' o absence of residues. But politics betray them, once again. To follow only the interests of the big ones LOBBYBig Ag e Big 4.

We need an organic revolution, starting with the daily purchasing choices, to reverse the trend.

CAP post-2020, reform in progress

The European Parliament voted on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, in plenary session, on 20.10.20, And the ministers of agriculture of the member states, meeting in the Council, turned the key that same night, before waiting for the reaction of the citizens. The papers now go back to the Commission and to the representatives of the Assembly, to define an agreement following the so-called trilogue procedure (Parliament, Commission, Council).

The 'new' Common Agricultural Policy - which the Renzi Ministry of Agricultural Policies celebrates for 'the ambitious provisions aimed at aligning European agricultural policy with the challenge of climate change and sustainability'- will enter into force on 1.1.23. After two years of transition, until 2027.

European Parliament, smoky gray

The Strasbourg Assembly of the European Parliament voted smoke gray. By deleting the essential measures to preserve the environment and biodiversity. They disappeared like this:

- incentives for agricultural practices aimed at promoting biodiversity. The economic criteria prevailed over the environmental ones, for the purposes of accessing funds,

- the reserve of 10% of agricultural land to areas of biodiversity (hedges and small wetlands),

- the increase in funding for environmental measures, which was proposed by the referring Commission (ENVI, Environment, Food Safety and Public Health) of the same Parliament.

Inequalities and ecocides

The MEPs they confirm theirs blind loyalty to the giants leading industrial agriculture e agricultural policies of the Old (as of the New) continent. confirmed the services to the old women LOBBY. To the point of approval:

- Grants to transform wetlands valuable to wildlife at sites in the Natura 2000 network (protected areas),

- concentration of public resources on intensive agriculture. At least 60% of the budget it is intended for large agricultural companies. With a minimal share, estimated at around 6%, in favor of small and medium-sized companies. Without any reserve for micro-enterprises that protect territories and landscapes with peasant eco-agriculture,

- maintenance of all subsidies for intensive farming, without introducing any conditions for the reduction of greenhouse gases (as instead requested by FAO) And the improvement of animal welfare.

Spots of green

The spots of green - in a CAP that absorbs 32% of the entire EU budget - can only be seen in a prediction that is itself contradictory.

'' A minimum of 30% of Pillar II expenditure (Rural Development) must be allocated to agri-environmental measures, and at least 20% of Pillar I resources (direct payments) must be allocated to ecological schemes, i.e. measures such as grassing of orchards, reduction of pesticides and fertilizers, organic farming methods and further agricultural practices beneficial to the environment '.

In short words, with the Council's tightening of the key, 20% of direct aid (not even 30%, as the MEPs voted) will have to be dedicated to incentives for a sum of agronomic practices. Practices that include but are not limited, note well, to organic farming. Indeed, it will be enough to grass the orchards or reduce the use of agrotoxicants to subtract resources from operators committed to agroecology. And this is the only practice that could have saved Europe, as indicated in a recent report IDDRI study (Institute for Durable Development and International Relations).


'We are very disappointed the result of yesterday's votes (20.10.20, ed). But above all, we are surprised by the intention of some political groups and agriculture ministers to make this vote pass in the eyes of the press and public opinion as a #green turning point in the CAP, when in fact it is absolutely not.

This is all terribly disheartening. Behind their glossy words, the MEPs of the European Parliament and the Ministers of Agriculture of the 27 EU countries are confirming a CAP that will continue to waste taxpayers' money to support a poisoned agriculture, polluting and industrialized, at least until 2027, in clear contrast to the alarms of the scientific world about the loss of # biodiversity and the increase in greenhouse gas emissions'. (Coalition #CambiamoAgricoltura, press release 21.10.20)

Organic revolution

The #revolutionbio it is the most effective tool available to us all today. The #votocolportafoglio has shown extraordinary effectiveness in inducing the most responsible companies - in industry and large-scale distribution (GDO) - to remove palm oil from most of the food products on the shelf.

Time has come to drastically modify demand to force supply to adapt. We want organic products from short supply chains, we favor the direct and solidarity relationship with small farmers who respect nature and the rights of workers.

The idea of #saturdaysforfuture it can be the starting point. Let's all commit ourselves, starting from Saturday of each month, to buy only organic food, within the limits of availability. Taking note of the prices, to intercept any speculation.

Il Bio 2030 Manifesto it can be realized, starting from Italy, precisely because consumers are the independent lever of the market which must in any case adapt to their cohesive choices, regardless of the lobbies and their servants.

Dario Dongo

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