Green Deal, the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy and climate
We believe that public policies should promote and foster agroecology and fair incomes for food producers, in order to facilitate sustainable management of production-based resources, particularly in the context of climate change, and improve awareness among different actors in the food system, including farmers, policy makers, researchers, and civil society actors.
We have long since been calling for the implementation of cross-cutting, coherent public policies which can bring about real, systemic change and tackle the problems faced by small- and medium-scale farmers. This is necessary across Europe and the EU, at an institutional, national, regional, and local level. International and EU Institutions must be more ambitious with the measures and tools they implement in order to harness the potential of agroecology and meet the goals outlined in key policy targets, including the UN SDGs and the Green Deal.
The Green Deal and notably its Farm to Fork strategy demonstrate positive intentions to work towards more sustainable, coherent, and fair food systems for all. This effort is a promising first step in the direction of a more holistic vision of food and specifically agriculture, that would take into account the political, social, economic, environmental, and health-related challenges of the European food systems.
Although we support the objectives of the Green Deal and its Farm to Fork Strategy and recognise the need to address climate change and agriculture together, we also underline the need to develop and implement solid regulatory tools and greater coherence in EU policy in order to reach them.
- Prevent and reverse the deregulation of agricultural markets, including banning speculation on food.
- Support a path towards greater sustainability and set out clear and viable steps for a transition towards agroecology for all farmers. This implies urgently organising the way out of the use of pesticides and fertilisers, including by working on a re-territorialisation of livestock farming in the EU.
- Put a stop to the financialisation of nature and the race towards new technological solutions, such as so-called “precision farming” and genetically modified organisms, and preserve the precautionary principle.
- Ensure mechanisms to support food sovereignty and an agroecological transition are included in public policy on food, agriculture, environment, employment, trade and beyond.
- Guarantee effective participation of farmers’ organisations and the populations concerned in the entire process, including small and medium-scale farmers.