“European Green Deal” to include “Farm to Fork” strategy
The European Commission has set out a European Green Deal, a plan to transform the European economy to net-zero emissions by 2050, and to decouple economic growth from resource use. The Green Deal will include a new “Farm to Fork” strategy (to be set out in full in the spring of 2020) to reward food producers for services such as storing carbon in the soil, improving water quality and reducing the use of pesticides, fertilisers and antibiotics.
Read a summary of the Green Deal by Green Facts here: The essentials of the "Green Deal" of the European Commission.
Read media coverage here:
- AgriLand: EU ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy to cut use of pesticides, fertiliser and antibiotics
- Euractiv: French MEP calls for ‘realism’ in Farm to Fork strategy
- Euractiv: Sustainable food systems in the Farm to Fork strategy
- Guardian: Who pays for the EU's €1tn green deal?
- Food Manufacture: EU could increase meat prices
- Co-op News: European agri co-ops raise concerns about European Green Deal
Read the full text of the European Green Deal here. See also the Foodsource resource How far could changes in production practices reduce GHG emissions?
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.