On Wednesday (11/12), the European Commission presented the new European Green Deal climate package. The report contains a series of proposals on how the EU will become the world's first climate-neutral continent in 2050 and protect biodiversity.
Emissions of carbon dioxide continue to increase and are now at the highest carbon dioxide content in 800 years, according to climate scientists. Doing something to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases has never been more urgent. At the same time, we face several other sustainability challenges, such as the loss of biodiversity and the pollution of the oceans, to name a few. IPBES extension, The UN's expert panel on biodiversity, estimates that about one million species are threatened with extinction.
The EU's new climate package European Green Deal is based on these challenges and aims to show the way to what a sustainable and fair change should look like. The report covers all sectors such as the energy industry, the construction industry, the manufacturing industry, the financial industry and agriculture and food production. We have taken a closer look at what the report says about agriculture and food production in particular.
When it comes to food production, the European Branch Deal highlights the following challenges that are important to address;
- Pollution of water and soils
- Loss of biodiversity
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- Loss of natural capital
- Unhealthy eating habits and diet-related diseases
- Food waste
In order to meet the challenges, the European Commission will in the spring of 2020 present a new strategy called "Farm to Fork". The idea is to formulate a more sustainable food policy together with a large number of stakeholders from the entire food chain. A particularly interesting measure that is presented is that farmers will receive compensation for environmental benefits such as carbon storage, preventive measures for nutrient leakage and emission reductions.
The European Commission also believes that both the European Green Deal and Farm to Fork should promote sustainable farming practices such as organic farming and agroforestry. They also point out that organic farming in Europe needs to increase and that the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers and antibiotics needs to decrease.
As a platform for all players in the eco-market see Organic Sweden It is extremely positive that the European Green Deal proposes a strategy for spreading organic farming methods in Europe. The European Commission has realized that organic farming is part of the solution to meet the climate challenge, contribute to fertile soils and clean water, promote good animal welfare and biodiversity.
Read all the proposals from the European Commission here.