We need to change the way we produce and consume food, as now we are literally eating the future of generations to come, says Biljana Borzan MEP

The Farm to Fork strategy is possibly the last call society has to make the whole food production system in Europe healthier - with less pesticides, antibiotics, and fertilisers; more sustainable; protecting biodiversity; more just; with decent remuneration for farmers and decent working conditions in the food chain; and last but not least, to live up to the EU's commitment to defend the environment and fight climate change.

To reach the ambitious goals set by the Green Deal, the agricultural sector, as other economic sectors, has to make its contribution. It’s time to make European food not only safe, nutritious and of high quality, but also a global standard for sustainability.

However, to make this possible and affordable farmers must be provided with all the needed tools to ensure fair remuneration, investment for research and innovation, but above all protection from third countries’ unfair and non-sustainable competition.

We support the aims and ambitions of the Farm to Fork strategy as a key pillar of the Green Deal and the vision for a sustainable Europe. We need to change the way we produce and consume food, as now we are literally eating the future of generations to come. We do not have that right! Water, climate, soil and the ecosystem are warning us they are at a breaking point and we are listening. Our group supports a holistic approach to the necessary changes in the food production sector, at a pace that will leave no one behind. Our priority is that everyone profits from the reforms: consumers with healthy and quality food; farmers with fair remuneration and protection from unfair competition; the environment with less pressure from agriculture.

Biljana Borzan MEP, S&D group vice-president.

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