The Commission’s ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy, in which it plans to make the agriculture sector more sustainable, could be further delayed owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Farm to Fork strategy will look to cut the use of pesticides and antibiotics, reduce food waste, and curb the environmental impact of transport in the sector.
The initiative had been scheduled to be unveiled on April 29, already a month later than originally planned. The Commission has hinted at a further postponement until later in the year given the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
That’s upset campaigners who have been calling on the Commission for no further delays. A joint letter by nearly 40 civil society organisations said the Farm to Fork strategy “has the potential to build the foundations of a resilient, healthy, equitable, ecological and overall sustainable food system that is able to withstand future shocks, and create enabling food environments to advance healthy and sustainable diets for all".