Our food, our health, our planet, our future
A healthier and more sustainable EU food system is a cornerstone of the European Green Deal
Make sure Europeans have access to healthy, affordable and sustainable food
Tackle climate change
Protect the environment
and preserve biodiversity
Ensure a fair economic return
in the supply chain
Increase organic farming
“The coronavirus crisis has shown how vulnerable we all are, and how important it is to restore the balance between human activity and nature. At the heart of the Green Deal the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies point to a new and better balance of nature, food systems and biodiversity; to protect our people’s health and well-being, and at the same time to increase the EU’s competitiveness and resilience. These strategies are a crucial part of the great transition we are embarking upon.”
Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission
Pesticides in agriculture contributes to pollution of soil, water and air.
The Commission will take action to reduce the use and risk of chemical and more hazardous pesticides by 50%
The excess of nutrients in the environment is a major source of air, soil and water pollution,
negatively impacting biodiversity and climate. The Commission will act to
- reduce nutrient losses by at least 50%, while ensuring no deterioration on soil fertility
- reduce fertilizer use by at least 20%
Antimicrobial resistance linked to the use of antimicrobials in animal and human health leads to
an estimated 33,000 human deaths in the EU each year. The Commission will reduce the
sale of antimicrobials for farmed animals and in aquaculture by 50%.
Organic farming is an environmentally-friendly practice that needs to be further developed.
The Commission will help the EU’s organic farming sector to grow, with the goal of 25 % of total farmland being used for organic farming by 2030.
Create a food environment that makes the healthy and sustainable choice the easy choice
Over 950,000 deaths (one out of five) were attributable to unhealthy diets in the EU in 2017. A healthy, plant-based diet reduces the risk of life-threatening diseases and the environmental impact of our food system.
Add food labels that allow consumers to choose healthy and sustainable diets
The Commission will propose mandatory, front-of-pack nutritional information and develop a sustainable food-labelling framework that also covers the environmental and social aspects of food products.
Stepping up the fight against food waste
The Commission aims to cut food waste by half by proposing legally binding targets across the EU by 2023.
€10 billion under Horizon Europe to be invested in R&I
related to food, bioeconomy
natural resources, agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture and the environment. Knowledge transfer
will be essential. The CAP’s farm advisory services and farm sustainability data network will be
instrumental in assisting farmers in the transition.
Promoting the global transition
Making European food famous for its sustainability can give us a competitive advantage and open new business opportunities for European farmers. The EU will collaborate with third countries and international actors to support a global move towards sustainable food systems. A sustainable food labelling framework will facilitate consumer choice
Communication: A Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system
20 May 2020
Factsheet: From farm to fork: Our food, our health, our planet, our future
20 May 2020
Factsheet: How the future CAP will contribute to the EU Green Deal
20 May 2020
Factsheet: EU Green Deal: Benefits for farmers
20 May 2020
Future of the common agricultural policy
Sustainable agriculture in the CAP
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