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#eaAgriFood Twitter Chat: How the CAP can respond to climate change


#eaAgriFood Twitter Chat: How the CAP can respond to climate change

Join us for an agriculture policy debate held completely on Twitter on Thursday, 23 January.

Actions aimed at integrating climate concerns into farming are already an intrinsic part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), although improving their effectiveness will be a crucial topic of debate on the new Commission’s flagship environmental policy, the European Green Deal.

Compulsory environmental measures were introduced in 2013, however, the greening of the EU main farm policy has not yet delivered yet, according to a report recently published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in December.

But a more general issue is looming, namely, the internal consistency of the EU’s agricultural sector with the principles that will be laid down in the European Green Deal.

Furthermore, a new, comprehensive EU food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), will come into being in the Spring of this year, trying to address the issue of sustainability of food chain from production to consumption.

A first test for an effective change of pace will be represented by the announced strategy of the EU executive to promote organic farming at the EU level, which will look at how the so-called “bio products” can help the farming sector improve its sustainability across the agri-food supply chain.

Lawmakers should also cope with reducing carbon emissions in livestock farming in order fine-tune the EU’s ambitious sustainable objectives.

Join us for a discussion on Twitter, where our Twitter account @eaAgriFood will pose the following questions for participants to respond to via their own Twitter accounts:

Q1: Which greening measures in the CAP do you consider need an overhaul, and which work to support the creation of a climate neutral Europe?
Q2: What are the synergies and trade-offs between measures for mitigation and for adaptation to climate change in agriculture?
Q3: The EU Agriculture Commissioner has promoted organic farming as a key aim for his agenda. What is the role of organic farming in the creation of a climate neutral Europe?
Q4: In terms of carbon emissions, should the EU focus on investing more in meat alternatives or more sustainable approaches to livestock farming?
Q5: Can EU policy on trade and climate be reconciled with the agricultural sustainability components in the European Green Deal?

What is a Twitter chat, and how do you join?

A Twitter Chat is a discussion between Twitter users that get online at a pre-arranged date and time to discuss a specific topic using a designated #hashtag (for this chat it’s #eaAgriFood). The hashtag links the questions and answers in a virtual conversation.

As the host of the Twitter Chat, @eaAgriFood will post questions identified as Q1, Q2 and so on, to prompt answers from participants, which are identified as A1, A2 and so on. We will moderate the answers and ask follow up questions to participants.

The Twitter Chat will last about an hour. The best way to see the entire conversation is to search for the hashtag #eaAgriFood on twitter and switch to the "latest tweets" tab.

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12:30 Start of #eaAgriFood Twitter Chat
13:30 End of #eaAgriFood Twitter Chat
The times are in CET (Brussels time)