ECVC believes that the EU needs an ambitious contingency plan for food security, particularly in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as future pandemics and possible geopolitical disruptions, make our food system more fragile. Its increasing complexity, with increased dependency on transport, logistics, energy supply and the internet, also makes it more vulnerable.
For ECVC, the contingency plan should put food sovereignty and relocalised short supply chains at the centre of this plan. Public policy should more away from the export-based trade and production model and ensure a more equitable division of agricultural resources.