Time to sprout a new food policy. Photo: Flickr.com / Liz West CC BY
Vision of a Common Food Policy for the EU
The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), propose in a report a new policy architecture for a sustainable food system.
“A Common Food Policy can spark a wholesale transition to sustainable food systems in a way that the CAP, as a Common Agricultural Policy, cannot,” said Olivier De Schutter, IPES-Food co-chair and former UN Special Rapporteur on the right for food.
The proposal includes concrete steps forward such as: phasing out routine use of chemical inputs, introducing livestock density limits and introducing an EU-wide “agroecology premium” as a new rationale for CAP.
Besides the panel’s own expertise, more than 400 farmers, food entrepreneurs, civil society activists, scientists and policymakers were consulted during the three-year process of research and reflection.
Towards a common food policy for the European Union http://www.ipes-food.org/reports/