Farm to Fork Strategy – What are the policy instruments needed to reach the targets?
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The Farm to Fork strategy, which outlines several targets to green the EU’s agri-food sector, has sparked debate ever since its unveiling in May 2020.
The outcomes of some initial studies on the Farm to Fork’s impact concluded that the Farm to Fork’s goals are in reach but risk a significant reduction in EU food production and farmers’ income, underlining their fears about the strategy’s potential impact on the sector.
Environmental organisations have been quick to highlight the shortcomings of these. They say the studies do not consider the full range of benefits that more sustainable production would bring to the sector.
A main divide between the two sides is that industry wants an overall impact assessment of the Farm to Fork strategy, whereas environmental organisations believe that evaluating each measure in the strategy would be sufficient.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss what we still do not know about the impact of the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy on farmers, consumers, and the environment. And what policy instruments will be needed to reach the targets?
Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General, DG SANTE, European Commission
Thomas Waitz, MEP, Substitute of AGRI, European Parliament
Herbert Dorfmann, MEP, Member of AGRI, European Parliament
Diana Lenzi, President, European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA)
David Baldock, Senior Fellow, Agriculture and Land Management Programme, IEEP
Dave Keating, Journalist, EURACTIV
09:30 - 09:35 Welcome
09:35 - 09:50 Panellist statements
09:50 - 10:40 Discussion and Q&A
10:40 - 10:45 Closing statements
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