The Farm to Fork strategy is at the heart of the European Green Deal, which aims to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally friendly.
Food systems cannot resist crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic unless they are sustainable. We need to redesign our food systems, which today are responsible for almost a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, consume large amounts of natural resources, cause loss of biodiversity and negative health impacts (due to both under- and over-nutrition) and do not allow for fair economic returns and livelihoods for all players, especially primary producers.
Putting our food systems on a sustainable path also brings new opportunities for operators in the food value chain. New technologies and scientific discoveries, combined with growing public awareness and demand for sustainable food, will benefit all stakeholders.
The Farm to Fork strategy aims to accelerate our transition to a sustainable food system that should
- have either a neutral or positive environmental impact
- help mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts
- reversing biodiversity loss
- ensure food safety, nutrition and public health by ensuring that everyone has access to sufficient, safe, nutritious and sustainable food
- preserve the accessibility of food while generating a fairer economic return, fostering the competitiveness of the EU supply sector and promoting fair trade.