On Wednesday Jean met with campaigners from the World Development Movement who had travelled to Brussels as part of the Good Food March. The march, which saw hundreds of farmers and campaigners travel to Brussels from all around Europe by bicycle, foot and tractor, called for greater support for sustainable, local and healthy food networks as part of the upcoming Common Agricultural Policy reforms. Having camped in a local park on Tuesday night the demonstrators marched to the European Parliament on Wednesday morning to show their support for a greener, fairer CAP.
The WDM delegates updated Jean on their campaign to end excessive financial speculation on food commodity markets which has seen price volatility increase dramatically in recent years for staple goods such as maize and wheat. They also presented Jean with a photo-petition book entitled The Future of Food and Farming We Want, which contained messages from thousands of European farmers, citizens and young people outlining their positive vision of sustainable agriculture.
The Greens/EFA group at the European Parliament, of which Jean is a member, has been fighting to replace the current outdated CAP with one that supports small farmers in making the transition to sustainable agricultural practices, and ends export subsidies which lead to the dumping of agricultural products on fragile developing world markets. Capping the maximum subsidy per farm to €100,000 would free up €7 billion which could be redistributed to promote sustainable farming and long-term secure employment in rural economies. More details on the Greens/EFA vision for the CAP can be found here: http://www.greens-efa.eu/fileadmin/dam/Documents/Publications/CAP_reform/CAP_reform_EN.pdf