Farm to Fork
With the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies finally out, Slow Food Europe organized an online roundtable discussion on how these strategies can drive the transition towards sustainable and agrobiodiverse farming. Slow Food wishes to contribute to reaching the goals outlined in the strategies and believes this can only be done by engaging in multi-stakeholder dialogues and by bringing voices of farmers to the table. Representatives of EU institutions, civil society, and Slow Food farmers participated in an off-the-record discussion, which aimed to create a space to openly share thoughts and constructive ideas.
Last week, the European Commission published the long-awaited Farm to Fork Strategy. The strategy, part of the European Green Deal – the most environmentally ambitious legislation proposal of the new Commission, which started its five-year term in December last year. The Strategy aims to make the European food system more sustainable across different dimensions and to reduce its impact on third countries. So far, the Farm to Fork Strategy has received an overall positive reaction from civil society, which recognizes the ambition of the Strategy and its targets, and the comprehensive approach that was taken to create it. The Strategy touches upon many sectors from agriculture to food labeling and needs to be unwrapped to understand why it is vital for the future of European Food Systems.
It is on World Bee Day that the European Commission unveils the long-awaited Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies. Slow Food believes they represent the opportunity to set in motion the transformative change we need to build sustainable food systems and to protect our environment, farmers, and our health. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the strategies give hope for a green and resilient recovery, where the question of sustainability is not compromised.
Slow Food Europe, along with 39 other European civil society organizations, in a letter to the European Commission, asks not to further postpone the launch of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. The letter addressed to Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans and to the Commissioners responsible for the implementation of the strategies, comes just days ahead of the expected launch date of both strategies. However, amid the COVID-19 crisis, ever more speculation is arising about possible further delays.
Slow Food, along with more than 80 civil society organizations in a joint letter to the European Commission, asks to phase out synthetic pesticides by 2035, restore biodiversity, and support farmers in their transition towards agroecology. The letter has been sent to the Commission’s directorate-generals, responsible for the implementation of the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies and to Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans.
Slow Food, in its feedback to the European Commission’s consultation on the Farm to Fork Strategy, asserts that the strategy needs to fundamentally shift the narrative, away from one of needing to “feed the world” and towards ensuring everyone has access to good, clean and fair food. The strategy is a key component of the European Green Deal and is expected to be officially launched at the end of March.*
In a joint letter to the European Commission, Slow Food Europe, along with other 20+ civil society organizations, calls for less meat, dairy, and eggs in the Farm to Fork Strategy. The strategy has neither addressed the inherent unsustainability of current animal farming in Europe nor included clear consumption reduction strategies to tackle the public health emergency.
Slow Food Europe has joined 30+ organizations calling on the new European Commission leadership to improve the Farm to Fork Strategy. The strategy, which is part of the European Green Deal and is due to be officially presented in spring 2020, aims to design “a fair, healthy, and environmentally friendly food system.” The undersigned organizations highlight that the strategy lacks clear, ambitious targets and urge the Commission to create “a robust monitoring and evaluation framework that includes corrective measures when targets are missed.”