This newsletter focuses on the online event "The Green Deal Food Debate - Getting the prices right" on 12 November 2020, about how best to implement the "Farm to Fork Strategy" the EU Green Deal. You can watch/participate in this debate (by chat): https://zoom.us/j/95743661166
Content of this newsletter:
- EU Food Price Debate – online event November 12th 15.30-17.00 h (CET)
- EU Good Food Price Petitiion
- Meeting TAPP Coalition with German Agriculture State Secretary Uwe Feiler in Berlin
- Fundraiser wanted!
- Swedish supermarket with true priced food (incl. CO2 prices)
1. EU Food Price Debate - 'Getting the prices right’
An online event will take place on Thursday 12 November between 3.30 pm and 5 pm: the EU Food Price Debate - Getting the prices right. This in response to the publication of the EU Green Deal - Farm to Fork Strategy on 20th May. What are the environmental, nature and health benefits and what does it mean for organic farming? What is needed to make healthy, sustainable food the easiest choice? Will there be a 0% VAT rate on (organic) fruit and vegetables and how will Europe, Germany or the Netherlands increase the price of meat? What do European organic farmers, European environmental-and nature organizations think and what does the TAPP Coalition think about what the EU Commission and the EU Member States should do? Which fiscal measures and subsidies are needed to make healthy and sustainable food the easy, cheapest choice? How to achieve 30% of organic agricultural area in the EU by 2030? What is the German animal welfare levy on meat? Can taxes help farmers to raise their income? These questions will be answered!
You can register via this link: https://zoom.us/j/95743661166
Will you be there?! Save the date: November 12, 2020 from 3.30 pm to 5 pm!
2. European Good Food Price Petition
The TAPP Coalition is committed to expanding its successful proposals to other European countries in addition to creating successful support in the Netherlands. That’s why we have launched a petition in 9 EU languages: Please sign and share our EU petition Goodfoodprice.eu. The petition is supported by 16 organizations including TAPP Coalition.
- Birdlife Europe (Vogelbescherming Europa)
- Youth and Environment Europe
- Friends of the Earth Netherlands
- Jonge Klimaat Beweging
- Morgen (Students & Sustainability)
Animal welfare organizations:
- World Animal Net
- World Animal Protection
- Four Paws / Vier Pfoten
- Sinergia Animal
- Varkens in Nood
- Compassion in World Farming Netherlands
The petition has been signed nearly 2000 times but we need a lot more signatures! Will you help us by signing and spreading the petition?
3. Meeting in Berlin with CDU German State Secretary Uwe Feiler (ministry Agriculture)
On October 21, a meeting took place in Berlin with the German Secretary of State Uwe Feiler and myself as director of the TAPP Coalition about the German and Dutch plans to increase the prices of meat. Internationally, both countries are at the forefront of thinking about and preparing legislation on meat pricing. In Germany, hard work is currently underway on a "Tierwohl Abgabe" an animal welfare levy on meat with the aim of obtaining funding for livestock farmers to increase animal welfare and environmental measures. The levy is a consumption tax on meat, as also proposed by the TAPP Coalition.
News-item on the TAPP website
The final German proposal will be ready in the spring 2021, but will not be put to the vote until after the German elections in the autumn 2021. The German proposal is currently first 'grundlich' examined for feasibility and effect (including state aid tests, etc.), following a widely endorsed report by the Borchert Commission, which proposed a levy of 40 cents per kg of meat and also a number of cents per liter or kilos of dairy products. The TAPP Coalition now proposes to set up a similar Commission in the Netherlands as well. Various organizations in the Netherlands are now thinking about this. A number of cooperation proposals were agreed with the German Ministry, also with a view to international conferences in 2021 and opinion forming on EU policy proposals regarding the Farm to Fork Strategy.
The TAPP Coalition also gave a presentation to the Food Experts of the consumer associations of the various European countries on 22 October, organized by BEUC, after a presentation on "true pricing" of food by the University of Augsburg. They substantiated a proposal for "true pricing" of meat and other products for the German supermarket Penny’s in Berlin. Below you can see how consumers in Berlin know the real price of food:
4. Fundraiser wanted!
The TAPP Coalition is looking for a fundraiser! Can you help or do you know someone who would like to help on 1 no cure no pay basis? Click here for more info. Send us an e-mail.
5. Swedish supermarket with true priced food (incl. CO2 prices)
Felix, a Swedish brand, has opened a climate-conscious store that guides shoppers in making informed decisions when purchasing for food items. In the newly opened store, items are priced based on their ecological footprint. To help buyers understand the impact of their choices on the environment, products from The Climate Store will be purchased using CO2 equivalent currency (CO2e). The store “gives” each customer a weekly budget of 18.9 kg CO2e. This means that customers must choose the products carefully to avoid going over budget. From this fall, Felix will also attach labels to their products that indicate the CO2e. Read more about the initiative here.
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Director TAPP Coalition