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Why are we worried about our future food system?

The world faces a global food crisis. Climbing food prices have led to food riots and famines, thus affecting the stability in the world. The environmental impact of massive meat and dairy production cannot be underestimated. While roughly one billion people suffer from grave undernourishment, another one billion of us are overweight. Our global food system (that is the way we produce, distribute and consume food) is out of balance. In 2050, the world is predicted to be populated by 9 billion citizens. If we proceed with a further exploitation of our planet, new wars will be fought over food. Therefore we have to rethink our future by rethinking our food.

Why is the SFYN organizing the CAP 2013 campaign?

In 2013, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union is due to be reformed. Since the CAP’s creation in 1959, it has undergone many adaptations to respond to the economic, social and environmental challenges which our ever-changing European society faces. The direction of the CAP reforms will largely be defined by Europe 2020, the EU’s growth strategy for the decade to come in order to raise employment, increase productivity and improve social cohesion.

The CAP reforms will influence the way our food is produced, how the European landscape is shaped and the way our food is distributed on a global scale. In other words, they will determine the future of our food. This does not make the CAP an issue solely for farmers and politicians, but for every European citizen. SFYN argues that young people also should think about and get engaged in the public debate concerning the CAP in particular and the global food system in general. Furthermore, we belive that the message of youngsters should be heard by policymakers and politicians! 

In order to consolidate support for a good, clean and fair European agricultural policy among young Europeans, SFYN initiates the campaign CAP 2013: Food for Change. It consists of concrete actions at the national and European level for youth to define the direction for a new CAP and, consequently, for a future-proof global food system. By the end of the campaign, we are aim to organize a conference in Brussels, in order to introduce the opinion and recommendations of the European youth concerning CAP 2013.

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