You are warmly invited to the launch of ‘Food for Thought’, a vision for unlocking the potential of agriculture and the food industry in the EU.
To meet the challenge of sustainable productivity, the EU and Member States require ambitious policies that unlock the potential of the European agri-food chain.
Home to some of the world’s most fertile arable land, the EU-28’s combined agricultural and food sector accounts today for 13.4% of total employment (30 million jobs) and for 3.5% of total Gross Value Added. Europe is a major global food exporter and importer; however, to maintain its position as a world leader in agriculture the EU must make changes.
Food for Thought is the shared vision of 11 leading industry associations* across the agri-food chain, united in their call for sustainable solution-orientated policies that benefit the EU and beyond. Key policy priorities for the group include:
1) Fostering innovation: Innovative technologies, products and processes have traditionally given a competitive advantage to the EU and are crucial for the agri-food chain. Agri-food policies must be geared to expanding the available toolbox of innovative approaches and tools to allow Europe to become more productive in a sustainable way.
2) Embedding sustainability: Social, environmental and economic sustainability is the best pathway to a more productive, resource-efficient and environmentally friendly agri-food sector. Systematic integration of these objectives in EU policies will ensure the competitiveness of the agri-food sector, the growth and the creation of jobs in Europe.
3) Encouraging better and smarter policy-making: Innovation needs to be stimulated. The EU must support science, growth and innovation and in doing so, boost investment and consumer confidence. Europe should be leading as an innovative region, improving the functioning of the internal market and access to innovative products and processes.
Please join us at this event to mark the launch of this partnership and welcome new and returning MEPs in supporting our vision.
* CELCAA, CEMA, COCERAL, Copa-Cogeca, The European Association for Bio-industries (EuropaBio), The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA), European Seed Association (ESA), European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC), Fertilisers Europe, FoodDrinkEurope, The International Federation of Animal Health - Europe (IFAH-Europe).