WHY AN EU FOOD POLICY COALITION?
People in the EU are calling for unprecedented change in our food systems, demanding climate action, environmental protection, improved animal welfare and social justice. Food systems are pushing us across ‘planetary boundaries’, driving diet-related diseases and failing to deliver decent livelihoods in the EU and beyond: they are therefore at the heart of the change that citizens are asking for. EU policies, and in particular the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), have so far failed to drive a transition towards sustainable food systems. The time for action is now: daring to change the way we make policies, adopting systemic approaches, and providing the tools we need to spark those changes. An integrated food policy can reclaim public policy for the public good, rebuild public confidence in the European project, and put the EU on track to meet the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.
The report Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU, captures the objectives and priorities co-constructed by a wide range of actors, and constitutes the document that crystallises the overarching policy vision of the Coalition.
WHO ARE WE?
The Coalition brings together civil society and organizations working towards refining and advocating for a shared vision of sustainable food systems at the EU level such as: NGOs from a broad spectrum working on food systems, grassroots social movements, farmers organizations, organizations of fishers, trade unions, think tanks, scientific and research groups.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Participants in the EU Food Policy Coalition work towards policy integration and alignment at the EU-level to facilitate the transition to sustainable food systems. The Coalition provides the debating space to discuss policies and, sometimes, carry out joint activities. In particular, participants to the EU Food Policy believe that the European Union must pave the way to sustainable food systems by:
- Developing an inclusive and transparent governance and regulatory framework for policy coherence and transformation;
- Supporting a transition to agroecological food production that safeguards the environment, the climate, and our health;
- Driving a transition to sustainable, healthy diets by creating enabling food environments;
- Establishing a socially and economically just food system;
- Ensuring the welfare and health of farmed animals;
- Promoting participatory research and knowledge exchange for sustainable food systems;
- Driving global action for sustainable food systems;