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Farmers, NGOs march for "good food"

Representatives of farmers and civil society organisations are marching in Helsinki and other European cities on Wednesday to lobby for more sustainable agricultural practices as part of the Good Food March.

Lehmiä laiduntaa pellolla maatilan pihapiirissä.
Image: Antti Heikinmatti / Yle

The Finnish Union of Organic Farming (Luomuliitto) is staging the march in Helsinki to coincide with the main event in Brussels, which seeks to influence the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), currently being debated for the 2014-2020 period.

Organisers of the Good Food March are calling for more sustainable agricultural practices, greater support for family farms and ensuring greater equality between old and new member states.

“Over the past 50 years, our taxes have been used to support an industrialised food and farming system. This form of agriculture is threatening the existence of farmers in the global North and South,” the movement states on its website.

Some participants are travelling to Brussels on foot, bicycle or tractor on Wednesday to present their views on CAP reform.

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