The fight for fairer and better European land governance regulation has been at the forefront of the work of the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), yet land struggles and land grabbing in Europe remain muted. Equally muted is the role the EU agricultural policies play in such struggles. Although the European Parliament has acknowledged that land concentration undermines European food sovereignty, policies to counter this phenomenon are lacking. Land commodification, concentration and speculation in favour of industrial farming are the root causes of land degradation, biodiversity loss and the difficulties young people face in accessing land.
This session is a journey of stories told by four farmers about what land means to them and how they are fighting to defend their right to it. They will show why land is common, not a commodity, and people, not corporations, must be able to enjoy it.
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