Food sustainability

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Food is at the centre of our lives and an integral part of the European culture. However, the food we eat, the ways we produce it and the amounts wasted have major impacts on human health, natural resources and society as a whole:

  • Citizens –and children in particular– are increasingly suffering from overweight and obesity due to unhealthy diets.
  • Farmers and workers do not get a fair price for their produce.
  • One third of food is lost or wasted across the food chain.
  • The environment is paying the bill with the dramatic effects of food production and consumption on climate change, loss of biodiversity, air and water pollution, soil degradation, etc.

The COVID-19 crisis is a wake-up call for change. It has demonstrated that getting food "from farm to fork" cannot be taken for granted and has shown the interconnectedness of actors and activities throughout the food system. Fair, resource efficient, inclusive and sustainable supply chains in the whole agriculture and food sector are needed more than ever to deliver equally for citizens, farmers, workers and business.

The EESC has been for years at the forefront of calling for a sustainable and comprehensive food policy. Such an integrated and systemic approach is essential to tackle the multiple and interconnected challenges affecting food systems; to deliver economic, environmental and socio-cultural sustainability; to ensure integration and coherence across policy areas (such as agriculture, environment, health, education, trade, economy, technology, etc.); and to promote cooperation across levels of governance

  • Adopted on 14/07/2011
    Reference
    NAT/497-EESC-2011-1178
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Finland
    Plenary session number
    473
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    The EESC is strongly of the view that agriculture is an extremely important sector for the economic, social and regional development of the partnership countries. Meeting the objectives set will require favourable agricultural development. Investing in agriculture and developing the sector are also key conditions for reducing poverty in rural areas.
  • Adopted on 05/05/2011
    Reference
    NAT/503-EESC-2011-810
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Bulgaria
    Plenary session number
    471
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  • Adopted on 05/05/2011
    Reference
    NAT/504-EESC-2011-01-01-811
    Employers - GR I
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    471
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  • Adopted on 05/05/2011
    Reference
    NAT/506-EESC-2011-813
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    United Kingdom
    Plenary session number
    471
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  • Adopted on 20/01/2011
    Reference
    NAT/483-EESC-2011-68
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    468
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  • Adopted on 09/12/2010
    Reference
    NAT/468-EESC-2010-1622
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Austria
    Plenary session number
    467
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  • Adopted on 28/04/2010
    Reference
    NAT/455-EESC-2010-648
    Employers - GR I
    Spain
    Civil Society Organisations - GR III
    Spain
    Plenary session number
    462
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