A healthy food system for people and planet

The link between healthy people, healthy societies and a healthy planet puts sustainable food systems at the heart of the European Green Deal, the EU’s sustainable and inclusive growth strategy. It is designed to boost the economy, improve people's health and quality of life, and care for nature.

The European agriculture and food system, supported by the Common Agricultural Policy, is already a global standard in terms of safety, security of supply, nutrition and quality. Now, it must also become the global standard for sustainability. A shift to a sustainable food system can bring environmental, health and social benefits, as well as offer fairer economic gains. The recovery from the pandemic will put us onto a sustainable path.

The EU’s goals are

  • to ensure food security in the face of climate change and biodiversity loss
  • reduce the environmental and climate footprint of the EU food system
  • strengthen the EU food system’s resilience
  • lead a global transition towards competitive sustainability from farm to fork

The European Commission adopted a set of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. More information on Delivering the European Green Deal.

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