The EESC Permanent Study Group on Sustainable Food Systems aims to contribute to the development of a comprehensive food policy in the EU. This leaflet presents its main priorities and ongoing work.
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The EESC has received a request from the incoming Dutch EU Presidency for an exploratory opinion on how to achieve more sustainable food systems in a resource-constrained world. In the past few years, civil society has been increasingly concerned about the environmental, economic and social impact of unsustainable food chains. Globally, about one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Food is also one of the most important drivers of environmental pressures.
At its upcoming plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee will host a debate on the afternoon of 18 September on The economic and social situation of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region with Esther Fouchier, founder of the Mediterranean Women's Forum (FFM), Jamal Hermes Ghibril, president of the Lebanese Women's Council, and Salwa Kennou Sebei, member of the Association of Tunisian Women for Development Research (AFTURD).
In the context of continued controversy over the recent horsemeat scandal and reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) today proposed a new way forwards: a common food policy that puts citizens first, restoring confidence in the European agro-food chain. Convening key government, industry and NGO representatives in Vilnius, Lithuania, the EESC argued that consumers' need for safe, nutritious, affordable and healthy food is often neglected in the current "farm to fork" approach.
The "Consumers and Environment Category" and the "Farmers" Category’ held a joint meeting on Wednesday 5 June 2013, to which a number of guest speakers and representatives of farmers’ and consumer organisations were invited to speak, under the title “Reinforce the transparency of the food chain to restore confidence".
After the horse meat scandal, mad cow disease, swine flu and E.Coli cases in cucumbers, the question remains: is food safety chimera or reality in Europe? On 21 June 2013, Vilnius brought together decision makers, experts, consumers and representatives from the food and agriculture sector to analyse the state of food-related issues and propose solutions to current problems.
Interpreted version of the debate: listen to the podcast in the language of your choosing. Available languages: