Alimentation durable

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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

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Opinion
Adopté on 18/09/2013
Référence: 
NAT/595-EESC-2013-2634
Session plénière: 
492 -
Sep 18, 2013 Sep 19, 2013

La demande de bioénergie enregistre une progression globale. Il s'agit là d'une évolution positive pour peu qu'elle soit gérée de manière durable. Cette évolution peut contribuer à plusieurs objectifs politiques tels que le développement agricole et rural, l'atténuation des changements climatiques et l'amélioration de l'accès à l'énergie et de la sécurité énergétique [...]

L'avis a pour objet d'examiner les possibilités de promouvoir une production durable de denrées alimentaires et de carburant, et en particulier la contribution de la société civile. Qu'est-ce que la politique européenne des biocarburants signifie en termes de sécurité alimentaire européenne et mondiale? Quels cadres réglementaires sont nécessaires pour en assurer la durabilité? Quelle aide à la mise en œuvre est requise? Comment mieux gérer la concurrence potentielle de l'aménagement du territoire?

Sécurité alimentaire et bioénergie

Opinion
Adopté on 10/07/2013
Référence: 
NAT/599-EESC-2013-3028
Session plénière: 
491 -
Jul 10, 2013 Jul 11, 2013

Régime d'échange applicable à certaines marchandises résultant de la transformation de produits agricoles

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