A new European strategy for healthier and more sustainable food

The European Parliament has presented its plans to produce healthier food, guarantee food security and a fair income for farmers and ranchers and reduce the environmental footprint of the sector. The ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy has been well received by MEPs, who emphasize the importance of producing sustainable, healthy and animal-friendly food to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal, in particular with regard to climate , biodiversity, zero pollution and public health.

The Chamber highlights the need to improve sustainability in each and every phase of the food supply chain and reiterates that everyone – from the farmer and rancher to the consumer – plays a role. So that producers can get a fair share of the profits from sustainably produced food, MEPs call on the Commission to redouble its efforts – adapting competition rules if necessary – to strengthen their position in the supply chain. supply.

Other Parliament recommendations

Healthier food

1. Formulate scientifically supported EU recommendations on nutrition.

2. Stop excessive consumption of meat and ultra-processed foods with high salt, sugar and fat content, even setting maximum intake levels.

Pesticides and pollinator protection

1. Improve the approval process for pesticides and better control their use, to protect pollinators and biodiversity.

2. Set binding objectives for reducing the use of pesticides. Member States will have to implement these objectives through their CAP strategic plans.

Emissions of greenhouse gases

1. The ‘Target 55’ package of proposals for 2030 should regulate and set ambitious targets for emissions from the agricultural sector and its land use, including strict criteria for renewable energy powered by biomass.

2. Natural carbon sinks should be restored and improved.

Animal welfare

1. To advance pan-European harmonization, common indicators on animal welfare are needed, with sufficient scientific support.

3. It is necessary to review current European legislation and decide if changes are needed.

4. Gradual end to the use of cages in EU livestock farming.

5. Products of animal origin coming from outside the Union will only be able to access the Community market if they comply with standards similar to European standards.

Ecological agriculture

1. In 2030, the area dedicated to organic crops must have expanded.

2. Initiatives – promotion, public procurement and tax – are necessary to stimulate demand.

The resolution was approved by 452 in favor, 170 against and 76 abstentions. Voting took place on Tuesday and the results were announced on Wednesday.

Context in Spain

In Spain, in 2019, a rebound was detected in the amount of phytosanitary products marketed, which translated into an increase of 2.8% that year, according to the latest data provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. However, this same study points out that in recent years the risks in the use of this type of pesticides have been progressively reduced. In Spain, this reduction was 4% higher than the EU average.

The pandemic has also marked the eating habits of Spaniards last year 2020. According to the Food Consumption Report in Spain 2020 prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Spanish consumer has given more importance to the origin of food and has begun to worry about acquiring fresh and local products, paying more attention to how the food has been produced.

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