Sustentabilidade alimentar

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A alimentação está no centro das nossas vidas e faz parte integrante da cultura europeia. No entanto, os alimentos que consumimos, a forma como os produzimos e as quantidades desperdiçadas têm um grande impacto na saúde humana, nos recursos naturais e na sociedade como um todo:

  • os cidadãos – e, em particular, as crianças – sofrem cada vez mais de excesso de peso e obesidade devido a dietas pouco saudáveis;
  • os agricultores e os trabalhadores não recebem um preço justo pelo seu trabalho;
  • um terço dos alimentos é perdido ou desperdiçado ao longo da cadeia alimentar;
  • os efeitos do modelo atual de produção e consumo dos alimentos repercutem-se de forma dramática no ambiente, nomeadamente nas alterações climáticas, na perda de biodiversidade, na poluição do ar e da água e na degradação dos solos.

A pandemia de COVID-19 é um sinal de alerta para a mudança. A crise demonstrou que a obtenção de alimentos «do prado para o prato» está longe de constituir um dado adquirido e revelou a interconexão entre os intervenientes e as atividades em todo o sistema alimentar. São necessárias, mais do que nunca, cadeias de abastecimento justas, eficientes em termos de recursos, inclusivas e sustentáveis em todo o setor agrícola e alimentar, a fim de proporcionar os mesmos resultados aos cidadãos, agricultores, trabalhadores e empresas.

Há vários anos que o CESE é um dos principais defensores de uma política alimentar sustentável e abrangente. Este tipo de abordagem integrada e sistemática é fundamental para fazer face à natureza múltipla e inter-relacionada dos desafios que afetam os sistemas alimentares; para alcançar a sustentabilidade económica, ambiental e sociocultural; para assegurar a integração e coerência das políticas nos vários domínios de intervenção (por exemplo, na agricultura, ambiente, saúde, educação, comércio, economia e tecnologia); e para promover a cooperação entre os vários níveis de governação.

  • During its section meeting of 22 November 2023, the NAT section held a debate on food speculation as a follow up of its opinion on "Food price crisis: the role of speculation and concrete proposals for action in the aftermath of the Ukraine war".

  • Fair prices for both farmers and consumers and truthful and transparent information are essential if the primary sector and consumers are to play their key role in guaranteeing strategic autonomy in European food production. This sovereignty must be in line with the European Green Deal's Farm to Fork strategy, which requires an adjustment of current food policies.

  • Speech by President Séamus Boland on EU food sovereignty

    Inaugural speech by Séamus Boland, President of the Civil Society Organisations' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

    Conference on 'EU food sovereignty: the role of agriculture, fisheries and consumers', Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 26 September 2023

  • EU organic awards
    Reference number
    6/2022

    Today, as a true pan-European collaborative venture, the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), COPA-COGECA and IFOAM Organics Europe are together launching the first ever EU organic awards. These awards will recognise excellence along the organic value chain, rewarding the best and most innovative actors in organic production in the EU. Applications will be open from 25 March until 8 June 2022.

  • At the request of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the opinion on Food security and sustainable food systems adopted at its plenary session on 19 January 2022, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) identified the key levers for sustainable and competitive EU food production and for reducing dependence on imports while increasing the EU's protein autonomy.

  • Strengthening local and regional food production and processing within the EU and guaranteeing decent working conditions for all workers in agriculture and the wider food sector are important objectives in seeking to improve the sustainability of the European food supply chain. Other aspects of key importance to sustainability are fair international trading practices, encouraging more women and young people into the farming sector, and structured stakeholder involvement and dialogue.

  • Extraordinary meeting of the Diversity Europe Group in the context of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Conference on the Future of Europe on 29 November 2021

  • Recent events caused by COVID-19, extreme weather due to climate disruption, cyber-attacks and Brexit demonstrate the need to rethink priorities and improve the resilience and sustainability of EU food systems by reinforcing its autonomy. Food security is not a given for many EU citizens.

  • Organic Food
    Reference number
    38/2021

    With Europe slowly getting back on track after the COVID-19 crisis, it is high time to move from words to action and implement the Farm to Fork strategy. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) strongly advocates supporting the transformation of Europe's food systems so that they are more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable, and notes that consumers have a key role to play in this context. It also stresses that cooperation (rather than competition) among food chain operators is essential to foster a more resilient and inclusive food system, ensuring a fair share for all.

  • Sustainable food Systems

    On World Sustainable Gastronomy Day, the EESC stresses the importance of setting the sustainability bar high on how the world should aspire to feed itself in the coming decades. It is critical to take into account where ingredients come from, how food is grown and how it gets from farms to our forks, and to carry out the urgent transformations needed to achieve more sustainable food systems. All citizens and stakeholders across all food chains, in the EU and elsewhere, should benefit from a just and inclusive transition, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn.