Farm to fork is a new European plan for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system
Farm to fork is one of the main actions of the European Green Deal, launched in December 2019.
The plan aims at making Europe climate-neutral and protecting our natural habitat will be good for people,
planet and economy.
The Green Deal plan has 4 main goals:
- Become climate-neutral by 2050
- Protect human life, animals, and plants, by cutting pollution
- Help companies become world leaders in clean products and technologies
- Help ensure a just and inclusive transition
Specifically, regarding farm to fork action, the European Commission states:
The Farm to Fork Strategy is at the heart of the Green Deal. It addresses comprehensively the challenges of sustainable food systems and recognizes the inextricable links between healthy people, healthy societies, and a healthy planet.
The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the interrelations between our health, ecosystems, supply chains, consumption patterns, and planetary boundaries.
Although the environmental issue was really urgent even before the pandemic crisis, it is now even more clear how important it is to keep ourselves and the planet healthy.
Read the article Why organic farming is part of the solution to the COVID-19 crisis
Organic farming is necessary for the Farm to Fork strategy
The plan includes new ‘eco-schemes’ that will be able to offer a major stream of funding to boost sustainable practices.
Organic farming is one of these sustainable practices together with precision agriculture, agro-ecology, carbon farming, and agroforestry.
In particular, the Farm to Fork strategy underlines that there is an
urgent need to reduce dependency on pesticides and antimicrobials, reduce excess fertilization, increase organic farming, improve animal welfare, and reverse biodiversity loss.
Considering that agriculture is responsible for 10.3% of the EU’s GHG emissions and nearly 70% of those come from the animal sector*, a more sustainable approach can eventually reduce this impact on the environment.
The Commission will also work with the Member States to extend the application of precise fertilization techniques and sustainable agricultural practices, notably in hotspot areas of intensive livestock farming and of recycling of organic waste into renewable fertilizers.
Consumers recognize the value of organic food and the European Commission admits that, although there is a legal framework supports the shift to this type of farming more needs to be done.
The market for organic food is set to continue growing and organic farming needs to be further promoted. It has a positive impact on biodiversity, it creates jobs and attracts young farmers.
This is why, in addition to CAP measures, such as eco-schemes, investments, and advisory services, and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) measures, the Commission will put forward an Action Plan on organic farming.
Specifically, Farm to Fork announces an effort to help to reach the objective of at least 25% of the EU’s agricultural land under organic farming by 2030 and a significant increase in organic aquaculture.
Together with the farmers, producers, and all the staff involved in the organic certification process, we believe in the value of organic farming to ensure consumer trust and boost demand through promotion campaigns and green public procurement.
This is why we really hope that Farm to Fork strategy will be not only a declaration of intent but an effective policy to
help the Member States stimulate both supply and demand for organic products.
*EEA (2019), Annual European Union greenhouse gas inventory 1990-2017 and Inventory report 2019. These figures do not include CO2 emissions from land use and land-use change.
cover picture: image from the European Commission Farm to Fork page
2nd picture: Engin Akyurt @Pexels