Farm to Fork Strategy also pledges to clean up farming practices by reducing fertilizer and pesticide usage
European Parliament passes sustainable farming and food supply strategy

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Brussels have backed a new EU strategy to enhance Europe’s food supply chain using sustainable and health-conscious methods.

The ‘Farm to Fork Strategy’ calls for a 50% reduction in the use of pesticides and a 20% reduction in the use of fertilizers in farming.

The European Commission aims for the strategy to increase organic farmland to 25% of total farmland by 2030.

Under the plan, food manufacturers will be required to provide front-of-pack nutrition labelling and adhere to a new sustainable food labelling framework.

Food companies will also have to adhere to legally binding food waste reduction targets by 2023.

The European Commission will also invest €10 billion into research and innovation to improve food, agriculture and aquaculture processes.

‘Farm to Fork’ is in line with the ‘European Green Deal’ which is made up of a number of climate, energy, transport and taxation policies that will help reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030.

The proposal was adopted this week with 452 MEPs voting in its favour.

Anja Hazekamp, rapporteur for the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, said: “Current EU policies are driving environmentally harmful farming models and paving the way for imports of unsustainable products.

“We propose concrete measures to bring our food system back within planetary boundaries by stimulating local food production and by moving away from intensive livestock farming and crop monocultures with high pesticide use. A sustainable food system is also crucial for the future of farmers,” Hazekamp said.

Date published: 21 October 2021

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