What can we expect for food, drink and agriculture policy in 2018?
The European Public Health Alliance points to five areas where food, drink and agriculture policies in Europe are expected to develop in the coming year.
- A closer integration of health concerns into the Common Agricultural Policy
- Reform of alcohol labelling regulations
- The International Panel of Experts on Food Systems will hold the 2018 EU Food and Farming Forum in May, aiming to develop a ‘sustainable food scoreboard’
- The third United Nations High Level meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases could lead to government actions on health
- Taxes on unhealthy foods could spread further in Europe
Read the article here. See also the Foodsource chapter What can be done to shift eating patterns in healthier, more sustainable directions?
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.