The EU’s 'Farm to Fork' strategy for a more sustainable food chain and a new biodiversity strategy should be landing in March.
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides said the strategy “will help the shift towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly food systems and maintain high levels of food safety. The status quo is no longer acceptable.”
Campaigners want the strategy to address what they call ‘Europe’s industrial meat problem’.
Greenpeace is calling on the EU to reduce animal farming, and to raise livestock only via ecological methods on extensive pastures, and to end factory farming reliant on industrial feed production.
Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director, said: “The Commission’s ongoing denial of Europe’s industrial meat problem is becoming a farce. Given that two thirds of the EU’s farmland is used to feed animals, a shift to less and better meat could only result in a revival of Europe’s biodiversity. The current system of industrial animal and feed production, bankrolled by the EU, has come with the disappearance of millions of farms. We need extensive animal farming that works for nature and for small farmers, the current EU plans do neither.”