The EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy has been called a “game changer”. Published by the European Commission in May 2020, it represents a 10-year plan to promote a sustainable EU food system, from production to consumption; setting out a number of ambitious goals to be achieved by 2030 on pesticides, fertilisers, organic farming and antimicrobial resistance. What do citizens think of the commitments proposed in the F2F Strategy?
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What do our readers think? The EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy includes a commitment to a 50% reduction in the sale of antimicrobials for farmed animals and in aquaculture. Julia does not like the widespread use of antimicrobials in farming, but she is worried about the price of food without them, particularly for people on low incomes. Are we going to see food prices go up because of the commitments in the Farm to Fork Strategy?
To get a response, we put Julia’s comment to Ulrike Müller, a German MEP and member of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. What would she say?
For another perspective, we put the same comment to Tassos Haniotis, Director of Strategy, Simplification & Policy Analysis at the European Commission DG for Agriculture & Rural Development. How would he respond?
The EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy also includes a commitment to a 50% reduction in the use of chemical pesticides by 2030. Maria fully supports this approach, arguing the goal should one day be to phase out pesticides completely.
What would Tassos Haniotis say to Maria?
How would Tassos Haniotis from the European Commission respond?
Finally, the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy includes a commitment to 25% of total farmland being used for organic farming by 2030. Francesco left us a comment arguing the EU should not be locking itself into what he calls “medieval farming techniques” like organic farming, but rather embrace new technologies such as vertical farming, GMOs, bacterial proteins, etc.
How would Tassos Haniotis react?
What should the EU do to promote sustainable agriculture? Will food prices go up because of EU commitments to cut antimicrobial sales? Should the EU phase out pesticides completely one day? Should the Farm to Fork Strategy embrace new technologies rather than focusing on organic farming? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!
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