Farm to Fork: What the analysis and data tell us
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Food systems cannot be resilient to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic if they are not sustainable. We need to redesign our food systems which today account for nearly one-third of global GHG emissions, consume large amounts of natural resources, result in biodiversity loss and negative health impacts (due to both under- and over-nutrition) and do not allow fair economic returns and livelihoods for all actors, in particular for primary producers.
The Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, published in 2020, have been driving the key discussions on what sustainable production of food should look like. In line with the European Green Deal, they proposed ambitious EU actions and commitments to transform our food systems and halt biodiversity loss.
Since the publication of the strategies, several reports have been published that look at their impact, including a report by the European Commission's Joint Research Center. USDA (the United States Department of Agriculture) has released a report looking at the potential economic and related impacts of the strategies. And Wageningen University & Research is due to publish their report in October.
Join this EURACTIV Scientific Dialogue to discuss the impact of the targets and the findings of the different impact assessment reports. Questions to be discussed include:
• Despite differing methodologies, what are the common trends and where does the research agree?
• What requires further research?
Transparency alert: "The Wageningen University & Research report on the Farm2Fork Strategy was published with funding from CropLife Europe, CropLife International, Euroseeds, Copa Cogeca and Fertilizers Europe"
Jesus Barreiro-Hurle, Senior Economist, JRC, European Commission
Jayson Beckman, Research Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA (the United States Department of Agriculture)
Johan Bremmer, Senior Researcher - plant health and market intelligence, Wageningen University & Research
Jennifer Baker, Journalist, EURACTIV
17:00 – 17:05 Welcome
17:05 – 17:15 Panellist statements
17:15 – 18:10 Discussion and Q&A
18:10 – 18:15 Closing statements
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