EU Farm to Fork strategy

On 20th May 2020 the European Commission launched its Farm to Fork strategy through a communication and an action plan. This strategy is a key component of the European Green Deal and is designed to address the challenges of developing a sustainable food system in Europe in order to make European food the global standard for sustainability.

Key ambitions include:

  • The use of pesticides in agriculture contributes to pollution of soil, water and air. The Commission will take actions to:
  • reduce by 50% the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 2030.
  • reduce by 50% the use of more hazardous pesticides by 2030.
  • The excess of nutrients in the environment is a major source of air, soil and water pollution, negatively impacting biodiversity and climate. The Commission will act to:
  • reduce nutrient losses by at least 50%, while ensuring no deterioration on soil fertility.
  • reduce fertilizer use by at least 20% by 2030
  • Antimicrobial resistance linked to the use of antimicrobials in animal and human health leads to an estimated 33,000 human deaths in the EU each year. The Commission will reduce by 50% the sales of antimicrobials for farmed animals and in aquaculture by 2030.
  • Organic farming is an environmentally-friendly practice that needs to be further developed. The Commission will boost the development of EU organic farming area with the aim to achieve 25% of total farmland under organic farming by 2030.
  • The Commission will propose mandatory harmonised front-of‑pack nutrition labelling and develop a sustainable food labelling framework that covers the nutritional, climate, environmental and social aspects of food products.
  • The Commission will propose legally binding targets to reduce food waste across the EU by 2023.

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