FAO official: EU shouldn’t sacrifice food output in sustainability’s name

Friday, July 28, 2023
Risking European agriculture productivity for sustainable farming goals may cause global tensions, as other countries cannot make up for the bloc’s reduced output, says a United Nations (UN) expert. The European Commission’s Green Deal, including the 2020 Farm to Fork strategy, seeks to establish the EU’s food system as a global sustainability standard. By 2030, the plan aims to halve pesticide use, cut fertiliser use by 20%, and dedicate a quarter of agricultural land to organic farming. However, concerns about potential impacts on agricultural productivity and the EU’s global leadership and trade relationships have arisen.
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