A Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system

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Series Details COM (2020) 381
Publication Date 20/05/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 20 May 2020, setting out a comprehensive strategy aimed at transforming food systems in the European Union (EU) into global standards for competitive sustainability, the protection of human and planetary health, as well as the livelihoods of all actors in the food value chain.

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The Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy aims to enable the transition to a sustainable EU food system that safeguards food security and ensures access to healthy diets sourced from a healthy planet. It also aims to reduce the environmental and climate footprint of the EU food system and strengthen its resilience, protecting citizens' health and ensuring the livelihoods of economic operators.

This Strategy sets a number of targets, which include:

  • Reduction by 50% of the use and risk of chemical pesticides and the use of more hazardous pesticides by 50% by 2030;
  • Reduction of nutrient losses by at least 50% while ensuring there is no deterioration in soil fertility (thus reducing the use of fertilisers by at least 20% by 2030);
  • Reduction by 50% of the sales of antimicrobials for farmed animals and in aquaculture by 2030;
  • Reaching 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030.

It also proposes ambitious measures to ensure that the healthy option is the easiest for EU citizens, including improved labelling to better meet consumers' information needs on healthy, sustainable foods. Farmers, fishers and aquaculture producers are to be supported by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to take up sustainable practices.

The Strategy is closely linked with EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 (launched on the same day) and the overall European Green Deal, of which it is a core part.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2020:381:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
EurActiv: Special Reports, 28/01/2020: Sustainable food systems in the Farm to Fork strategy https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/special_report/sustainable-food-systems-in-the-farm-to-fork-strategy/
EEB: Position, 11/02/2020: Position paper on the EU “Farm to Fork” strategy – 2020 https://eeb.org/library/position-paper-on-the-eu-farm-to-fork-strategy-2020/
IFPRI: Policy Seminar, 18/02/2020: European Green Deal -- Farm to Fork Strategy for Sustainable Food https://www.ifpri.org/event/european-green-deal-farm-fork-strategy-sustainable-food
FoodDrinkEurope: FoodDrinkEurope preliminary contribution to EU ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy on Sustainable Food (12 March 2020) https://www.fooddrinkeurope.eu/publication/fooddrinkeuropes-submission-farm2fork-consultation/
Food Navigator, 17/03/2020: EU 'farm to fork' strategy aims to feed sustainable food system https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2020/03/17/EU-farm-to-fork-strategy-aims-to-feed-sustainable-food-system
Euronews, 17/03/2020: The EU must seize this chance to deliver a fairer and more sustainable food system https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/17/the-eu-must-seize-this-chance-to-deliver-a-fairer-and-more-sustainable-food-system-view
Social Europe, 23/04/2020: Returning our food systems to business as usual would be a historic mistake https://www.socialeurope.eu/returning-our-food-systems-to-business-as-usual-would-be-a-historic-mistake
Politico, 19/05/2020: The hole in Europe’s plan to slash pesticides https://www.politico.eu/article/the-hole-in-europes-plan-to-slash-pesticides/
EUObserver, 20/05/2020: What's in the EU's new agri-food, biodiversity policy https://euobserver.com/green-deal/148421

EurActiv, 02/03/2020: LEAK: EU’s Farm to Fork strategy will be based on five key targets https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/leak-eus-farm-to-fork-strategy-will-be-based-on-five-key-targets/
Politico, 20/05/2020: Brussels puts halving of pesticides at heart of new food plans https://www.politico.eu/article/brussels-puts-halving-of-pesticides-at-heart-of-new-farm-to-fork-biodiversity-food-plans/
Bloomberg, 20/05/2020: Greener Farms and Healthier Food Key to EU’s Climate Plan https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-20/greener-farms-and-healthier-food-key-to-europe-s-climate-plan
EurActiv 20/05/2020: New food policy to triple amount of agricultural land farmed organically by 2030 https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/new-food-policy-to-triple-amount-of-agricultural-land-farmed-organically-by-2030/
EUObserver, 20/05/2020: EU wants to halve use of pesticides by 2030 https://euobserver.com/green-deal/148434
EurActiv, 20/05/2020: Commission upholds highly ambitious targets to transform EU food system https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/commission-upholds-highly-ambitious-targets-to-transform-eu-food-system/

European Commission: Press Release, 20/05/2020: Reinforcing Europe's resilience: halting biodiversity loss and building a healthy and sustainable food system https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_884
European Commission: Questions and Answers: Farm to Fork Strategy - building a healthy and fully sustainable food system (20 May 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_885
European Commission: Opening Remarks by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans at the Press Conference on the Biodiversity Strategy and the Farm to Fork Strategy (20 May 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_923
European Commission: Remarks delivered by Commissioner Kyriakides at the Press Conference on the adoption of the Biodiversity Strategy and the Farm to Fork Strategy (20 May 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_920
European Commission: Remarks delivered by Commissioner Sinkevičius at the Press Conference on the adoption of the Biodiversity Strategy and the Farm to Fork Strategy (20 May 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_924

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