« Citizens, consumers, farmers: unite in the defence of the principle of agricultural exception »

AGRICULTURAL EXCEPTION: WHY ?

The agricultural sector is facing a major crisis. Today, the tools we have at our disposal to withstand it are insufficient. It is therefore essential to launch a debate at European level on the real necessity to support agriculture in a different way.

The agricultural sector is in difficulty today and has to confront:

  • a highly volatile market with the prices paid to producers in free-fall, whereas the prices the consumers have to pay continue to rise;
  • a decline of almost 70% over the last 30 years in the number of farms and farm workers in Belgium;
  • rising imports of agricultural products (soy, corn, sugar, etc.) making the European Union dependent on countries where production quality standards are significantly more lax (GMO, health checks, etc.); Read more

THE AGRICULTURAL EXCEPTION CHARTER

  • Considering that agriculture is essential to ensure food autonomy and the right to food;
  • Considering that the current situation is marked by prices that are too low for the producers and the context of a demand shortage, notably due to political and geopolitical factors at international levels;
  • Considering that the agricultural sector is characterised by the high price volatility of its products and that it falls within a specific economic model that cannot be governed solely by market forces;
  • Considering that agriculture plays a major role in cultural identity, land and regional management, the preservation of the environment and ecosystems and the preservation of food heritage; Read more

NEWS ARTICLE

The HDC’s “agricultural” exception

Home page Belgium – Friday, 18 September 2015 – Emmanuel HUET – The Future

The HDC’s project: to make agriculture an exception in the eyes of the world markets. From the smallest local municipality all the way up to Europe, the aim is to change the rules. Read more

MUNICIPAL MOTION ON THE AGRICULTURAL EXCEPTION

The municipal council,

  • Considers that agriculture is essential to ensure food autonomy and the right to food;
  • Considers that the current situation is marked by prices that are too low for the producers and the context of a demand shortage, also due to political and geopolitical factors at international levels; Read more

Yes, I agree and sign the charter :

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