Informal meeting of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries (AGRI) in Horsens, Denmark: extracts from the press briefing

Type: News   Reference: 85884   Duration: 00:02:35  Lieu: Horsens, Denmark
End production: 05/06/2012   First transmission: 05/06/2012
On 5 June 2012, informal Council meeting did a “think tank” about the Common Agricultural Policy. They discussed the essential challenges and possible solutions to a transformation of our traditional economy into a green economy. The focus of the Council effort was on agriculture and food production answering questions such as: Do the current policy instruments adequately promote a green transition, or should more be done to nourish frontrunners in their development of green business models? In an informal atmosphere the meeting was organized around short concrete introductions by three interesting stakeholders and a professional moderator securing optimal conditions for the comments, questions and reflections. The speakers delivered a short statement building on their divergent positions as stakeholders in the development of the global agri-food sector. In 2011 OECD presented its major analytical work, A Green Growth Strategy for Food and Agriculture, that projects that an economy based on green growth is likely to provide higher growth rates than an economy based on a traditional growth pattern.

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00:00:05 Arrivals of the speakers (2 shots) 00:00:11
00:00:16 SOUNDBITE (in English) by Mette Gjerskov, Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, President in office of the Council: We want to see how can agriculture and farmers contribute in the future for the economy for growth for jobs in Europe. We have presentations from the OECD from World Wildlife Found and Unilever. They actually emphasised both seen from a green perspective, from a business perspective and from a financial perspective. We need to be part of the solutions and we need to produce more but with less impact. 00:00:40
00:00:56 Wideshot of the speakers 00:00:05
00:01:01 SOUNDBITE (in French) by Dacian Ciolos, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development: We need growth in Europe; we need growth in agriculture especially now that the demand in food is increasing, not just in terms of quantity but also in terms of quality, and diversity. All these important aspects in terms of quantity we need to produce more food everywhere in the world. In term of quality is clear we can't failed in rules food safety standards which respect health but also in terms of diversity, we have to take this into the grab too, how can we get past a way of eating that is not rational which create obesity and other problems. 00:00:43
00:01:44 Wideshot of the speakers 00:00:03
00:01:47 SOUNDBITE (in French) by Dacian Ciolos: As I said the green transition has started already in the Common Agriculture Policy, this is not the first time that we have been talking about environmental rules and the conditions have to meet cross complaints and all that, the environmental measures and the rural environmental programme. What we are trying to do is put ecological issues at the centre along side of economic issues to make sure that growth in agriculture and development of production all over the European Union, in each category not just one kind, is constructed in a sustainable and resistant way 00:00:44
00:02:31 Wideshot of the speakers 00:00:04
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