Publication of the EU farm to Fork Strategy The European Commission’s Communication on “A Farm to Fork strategy for a fair, healthy and environmental-friendly food system” (F2F) was adopted by the European Commission on 20 May together with the Biodiversity Strategy....
Publication of the EU farm to Fork Strategy
The European Commission’s Communication on “A Farm to Fork strategy for a fair, healthy and environmental-friendly food system” (F2F) was adopted by the European Commission on 20 May together with the Biodiversity Strategy.
The F2F strategy includes regulatory and non-regulatory actions and sets “aspirational” targets, notably on the “Sustainable food production” pillar such as for instance a reduction by 50% of the use and risk of chemical pesticides and more hazardous pesticides by 2030, or a reduction by at least 20% of fertilisers by 2030.
Among the actions of interest for the industry, the Commission intends to develop an EU Code of conduct for responsible business and marketing practice accompanied with a monitoring framework to be developed with all relevant stakeholders. It will also “seek commitments from food companies and organisations to take concrete actions on health and sustainability (e.g. reformulation; reducing packaging; reducing the environmental footprint, etc.).
The reference to setting maximum limits for certain nutrients in processed foods disappeared from the core text but is still present in the action plan in the Annex. The work on the setting of nutrient profiles is foreseen for Q4 2022. The proposal for a “harmonised mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling to enable consumers to make health conscious food choices” is also expected for Q4 2020 (see related news on the Commission’s front-of-pack report).
You can also find additional information (press release, Q&As, factsheet, etc.) on the dedicated portal. Please also read ESA’s comments to the publication of the strategy in this press article.