EU ‘farm to fork’ strategy: State of play

European Parliamentary Research Service
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Generally greeted as a long‑awaited move towards a more sustainable food system, the ‘farm to fork’ strategy nevertheless came under criticism as it was not accompanied by an impact assessment, even though various studies warned that some of the elements risked having a negative effect on agricultural production. The Commission assured that impact assessments would be available for individual initiatives. In the wake of the pandemic and Russia’s war on Ukraine, a debate has emerged around whether the sustainability goals harm or improve food security. In January 2024, the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change criticised the Commission’s failure to deliver some of the initiatives. The Board considered that for agricultural emissions to decrease, more adequate financial incentives for farmers are needed. Currently, none of the remaining initiatives are included in the Commission’s tentative agenda.
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