In addition to longstanding objectives like the reduction of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, the European Commission envisages setting three more targets in its new flagship food policy, EURACTIV can reveal.
The three new objectives relate to decreasing the use of antimicrobials for farmed animals, increasing the EU’s land area dedicated to organic farming, and reversing obesity, according to a draft version of the Commission’s upcoming Farm to Fork Strategy.
Due to be published at the end of March, the Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F) will be devoted to making agriculture practices more sustainable, and will include a new integrated food policy that involves the full supply chain.
In the latest draft, seen by EURACTIV, the main objectives of the new Commission’s policy “are supported by targets indicating what we strive to achieve and by when,” including “specific actions.”
Although exact numbers are still not indicated at this stage, five of these targets are explicitly mentioned in the draft, providing a glimpse into the EU executive’s intentions.
The first target, already announced on several occasions by Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, involves the reduction of the use and risk of synthetic chemical pesticides by a certain percentage between 2017 and 2030.