Today’s rejection of the key EU Green Deal proposal is a step backwards for nature protection and a betrayal of European farmers that the European People’s Party (EPP) and its allies claim to protect., says the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) describing it as “a shameful move that will have significant negative consequences for Europe’s long-term food security and biodiversity.”
“As the debate over the EU Green Deal proposals continues, the rejection puts the future of European agriculture and the environment in real danger. Droughts, floods and forest fires are regularly gripping Europe and threatening farmers’ livelihoods. Instead of looking for solutions to make farming more resilient to these recurring events, EPP rejects the one solution we have at our disposal – nature restoration.”
Meanwhile, we are already witnessing the devastating impact of climate change on farming, such as the current dry spell in Spain. The Nature Restoration Law will not only help farmers sustain their livelihoods, but also guarantee long-term food security for the entire union, mitigate the effects of climate change, and build resilience across the system that supports our continent.