Good Food March

The Good Food March 2012


The Good Food March 2012 saw citizens, young people and farmers come together throughout August and September to call for a greener and fairer agricultural policy in Europe, as well as more democratic reform of Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Some set out on bike journeys to Brussels from Austria, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Holland, Belgium and the UK; whilst others organised diverse and colourful events in countries such as Poland, Finland, Romania, Bulgaria and Spain. The aim was to raise awareness of the current CAP reform process, and enable citizens to send their demands for the future policy directly to decision makers in Brussels.

    Austria Belgium France Germany The Netherlands


Good Food March Finale: September 19th


100s of citizens descended on Brussels on September 19th for the final day of the Good Food March. The day started with a gathering of civil society and marchers in Brussel’s Parc du Cinquantenaire. The group then marched through Brussels, accompanied by a Fanfare music band, making stops at the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, and the Committee of Regions.

The march ended in front of the European Parliament, where all participants and many more came together to take part in a brunch of good, healthy, local food and listen to testimonials from the Good Food Marchers from all over Europe, as well as significant civil society and political represenatives. 

The final event of the day was the Slow Food/ARC2020 Conference in the EU Parliament, under the patronage of Martin Schulz. The conference was divided into 3 sessions:

  • Session 1: Opening and key note speeches (including Agri Commissioner Ciolos)
  • Session 2: Good Food Marchers: Main demands and concerns from their countries
  • Session 3: CAP reform and European Democracy – Plenary panel discussion with the European Parliament


Watch a video of the conference on the ARC2020 website


All in all, a very successful and inspiring day.