Local Food chains
Legislative framework and options for implementation - Introductory remarks
There is a growing interest of farmers and consumers in local food. Also the European Union is promoting local food systems. EU legislation on hygiene rules, which is also implemented in accession countries, has already led to the closing of small diaries and slaughter houses in many regions. Ever growing investment costs demanded as a pre-requisite to meet hygienic standards for on farm food processing are pushing more and more famers of local food out of production. This process is accelerating and severely counteracts the growing claim for local high quality food.
The implementation of existing EU legislation on hygiene rules has created so far very heterogenic implementation on the ground. It is designed primarily for industrial food processing. But in fact it leaves a considerable margin of manoeuvre for the national, regional and local food authorities. So local food production can be dealt with in a proportionate way! However in most Member States and Accession countries of the EU this flexibility is rarely applied thus forcing many producers of traditional quality food out of business.
International workshop: "Local Food Matters - finding the good balance between hygiene rules, small-scale production and quality"
See the conclusions at the end!
This 3 days workshop has brought together farmers, consumers, processors, civil society organisations, food administrations and responsible staff from the European Commission. It took place in Macedonia in the heart of the Western Balkan region so we analyse dpotential threats and opportunities for local and sustainable food systems in a region which is preparing for accession.
We organised field visits, exchange of good practices and held panels on good administrative and legislative practice.
When: 20-22 March 2014
Where: Trnovo, Bitola, Macedonia
co-organised by Forum Synergies and Slow Food Bitola
in cooperation with PREPARE, Terra Madre Balkan, The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group South Eastern Europe (SWG) and the Essedra project.
Programme and final statement:
- AGROECOPOLIS - A young grassroots network for Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Access to Land in Greece
- Regional food hub for local products in Romania
- [EXP] Agricultura Nuova, a multifunctional Cooperative Farm integrated in its territory in the periphery of Rome (Italy).
- [EXP] AMAP, un exemple de Soutien à l’agriculture de proximité en France
- [EXP] Ardelaine: a cooperative project based on wool-processing becomes a driving force for local development.
- [EXP] Buschberghof CSA, a multifunctional farm successful for more than 20 years
- [EXP] Buying collectively farmland: how Terre de Liens encourages the access to land and settlement of organic and peasant farmers in France.
- [EXP] Community supported Agriculture and Organic box schemes helping local French farmers and consumers
- [EXP] Gut Wulksfelde, a multifunctional and education farm at the outskirts of Hamburg city
- [EXP] Le système AMAP ou comment maintenir une agriculture proche des centres urbains
- [EXP] Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch Community Farms, an example of biodynamic farm businesses owned by 600 local shareholders.(East Sussex, UK)
- [EXP] The Jaglea family farm, seeking sustainability at the crossroad of tradition and innovation in the Carpathian, Romania.
- [EXP] Viva sol Lithuania, an association of cheese eaters and producers that encourages the settlement of small farmers and artisans in rural Lithuania.
- [EXP] Viva sol, une association de producteurs fromagers et de consommateurs urbain pourun soutien à l’agriculture artisanale et à l’installation en milieu rural.
- Building together local food chains
- Conference « Local agriculture and short food supply chains » - 20/04/2012
- Eating from the Farm: the social, environmental, and economic benefits of local food systems
- EU food hygiene Regulations and ‘slow’ cheese production - principle and practice
- Guide for food direct selling - 2014
- Implementation of hygiene rules for local and small-scale production: the Austrian example
- Methodology for the creation of farmers’ markets
- Opportunities of small producers for traditional products development in R. Of Macedonia
- Scoping study - Delivering on EU food safety and nutrition in 2050 - Scenarios of future change and policy responses (Food chain)– DG SANCO
- Short food chains - Regulatory framework 2012
- Short food supply chain in other countries?
- Short Food Supply Chains and Local Food Systems in the EU.
- Transitioning Towards Agroecology: Using the CAP to build new food systems
- Consumer labels should acknowledge producers effort to maintain biodiversity.
- Food To change (The CAP we want in 2020 – tackling the next 10 years)
- LOCAL FOOD MATTERS: finding the good balance between hygiene rules, small-scale production and quality »
- Whys and hows of sustainable food in European countrysides