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Farm-to-fork strategy: overcome environmental challenges, create economic opportunities

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The farm-to-fork strategy, the principle of which has been today jointly approved by the parliamentary Committees on Agriculture (AGRI) and on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), aims to move towards more sustainable and healthier food production and to empower European farmers to play a central role in achieving environmental goals.

Our Executive Vice-President Ulrike Müller endorses this strategy. Regarding the realization of future legislation to give substance to this strategy, we are committed to make sure that this transition towards more sustainable agriculture will be economically viable for all farmers in the EU and will create new economic opportunities in light of the need to take up of new practices and technologies. We support the further development of initiatives to improve sustainability along the entire food chain – from reducing harmful inputs and increasing biodiversity and climate protection in farming, working with food processing and retail to offer healthier food with a better environmental footprint, towards making food information more transparent to allow consumers to make more informed choices.

Our German MEP Ulrike Müller (Freie Wähler) and Renew Europe shadow rapporteur for the farm-to-plate strategy in AGRI, said : “Farmers in Europe are facing a more and more demanding, complex and often incoherent environmental and climate policy. They want to play their part in making farming more sustainable. In order to do so, they need a coherent and predictable framework that enables them to tackle the challenges and to make sustainable farming a viable business model on a large scale. The Farm to Fork Strategy brings together the many different initiatives and links farming and food production to the Green Deal. Renew Europe will work hard to ensure that farmers, consumers and the environment will benefit from the Strategy.”