„Farm to fork strategy”
The emergency has made us appreciate how reliant we are on our farmers and the workers that pick, transform, transport and make available our food, from farm to fork. The complexity of global supply chains has turned out to be a significant weakness, while strong locally-rooted food ecosystems are proving their strength.
We must take advantage of renewed societal awareness of our vulnerability to build together a more resilient, sovereign food system for Europe.
The EU is well placed to lead by example. Its geography, climate and cultural diversity are unique assets. The EU already benefits from a number of very relevant and forward-looking common policies on agriculture, food safety and quality, food information, climate change and circular economy - but these do not yet add up to an inclusive overarching strategy for food. The upcoming ‘Farm to Fork’ and Biodiversity 2030 Strategies are unique opportunities to end this piecemeal approach and finally put in place a comprehensive, consistent EU Common Food Policy, which needs to be embedded in the frame of planetary health diets and ensure European food sovereignty. Such a policy would encompass the economic, environmental, social and public health nutrition dimensions of the entire food system and reap all the benefits across these dimensions.
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