The communication from the EU Commission, “A Farm to Fork Strategy for a Sustainable Food System”: the first ICRA’s considerations and what it says.
The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The Communication, A farm to fork strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally – friendly food system, from the EU Commission to the European institutions, is at the heart of the European Green Deal and it is also central to the Commission’s agenda to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To summarize, we can say that in the world food system there is a competition between two models: the “from farm to fork” which is a “bottom up” model and the “from lab / brand to fork” which is a “top down” model. The Communication from the EU Commission opts for that “from farm to fork” and this is certainly the best starting point, but it is only the beginning. In this rightly ambitious strategy, the ability to build a narrative and achieve inclusive and transparent governance in which all stakeholders converge towards the set objectives will be crucial.
At the same time, this ability will be crucial in the EU and in the International context. In the latter, the EU will have to be coherent in working on development projects that safeguard the basic principles of the “from farm to fork strategy”, already expressed in the main voluntary guidelines such as: The Right to Food adopted by FAO in 2004, Responsible Governance of Tenure endorsed by CFS in 2012, Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems endorsed by CFS in 2014.
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