Nearly half of all food gets wasted in the EU each year. This statistic is even more shocking when one considers that 79 million EU citizens live beneath the poverty line and some 16 million depend on food aid from charitable institutions. In 2011, in the wake of the economic and financial crisis, 24.2% of Europeans – 119.6 million people – were on the brink of social exclusion.
Presque 90 millions de tonnes de nourriture sont gaspillées chaque année en Europe et près d'un tiers de la nourriture produite pour la consommation humaine est perdue ou gaspillée à l'échelle mondiale...
Food security concerns us all, because it is about the earth's resources, which we all share and use, and because food is vital for life. That’s why we need to ensure that everybody in the world has enough food to eat or the resources and means to grow their own food. Today, 16 October, is World Food Day. For us in the wealthy Europe it is a day to reflect and to consider what we can do to contribute to a change.
Towards EU food sovereignty
In this issue:
- Our members address the issue of EU food sovereignty with a view to the group's conference on 26 September 2023
- Guest articles by Morgan Ody (Farmer in Brittany and General Coordinator of La Via Campesina), Marco Pierani (Director of Public Affairs at Euroconsumers) and Karen Ciesielski (CEO of Irish Environmental Network)
- Interview on the action plan to conserve fisheries resources and protect marine ecosystems and the decarbonisation of the fishing fleet with rapporteur Javier Garat
- Announcements of our upcoming conferences
In this issue:
- Members' proposals and demands for the future of food
- Guest articles by Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC, and Marta Massa, Director of the European Office, Slow Food Europe
- Members' comments on current affairs #StandWithUkraine #EUtaxonomy #CoFoE
- Report on our recent conference on 'Climate Change and Energy Transition'
Single Market Observatory study on the workings of the Services Directive in the meat processing sector.