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27 European associations warn the European Parliament that increasing the objectives of the Farm to Fork strategy would have a negative impact on the agri-food sector

 

 

On Thursday, the ENVI and AGRI Committees of the European Parliament will vote on their draft report presenting their official reaction to the Farm to Fork strategy. While the first studies on the impact of the strategy launched by the Commission in 2020 show extremely worrisome trends, MEPs are planning to call for several additional objectives and targets for the Commission Strategy that would be simply untenable for the EU farming community.

During the summer, a new study by the JRC, which we regret was not shared more broadly, confirmed the first impact analyses already published on the Commission’s flagship strategy for
agriculture. The Farm to Fork strategy, in its current form, will lead to significant drops in productions and significant additional costs for producers. Even if a reduction in EU agricultural
emissions could result from this strategy, a large part of it would come from the relocation of our production to third countries.

Without further reflection or consultation and despite this damning observation, the European Parliament is nevertheless preparing to vote this week on additional proposals that are
disconnected from agri-food sector realities, which, for all the signatories of this declaration, could make the strategy even more detrimental for the survival of the entire sector. However, we note a growing awareness, albeit belated, of a certain number of MEPs concerned about guaranteeing our food sovereignty, our agricultural leadership and the future of our rural
territories. We are now asking them to back their words with action and we call on members of the ENVI and AGRI committees to vote clearly against the most damaging compromise
amendments of the draft report that are putting the future of our European farms and their related industries at risk.

Aware of the necessity to adapt to environmental challenges, and despite the current economic situation, farming communities across Europe are acting every day to meet the demands for
emission limits, biodiversity, and animal welfare. If the EU wants us to succeed, it will have to support us with a pragmatic political framework based on realistic objectives that are consistent
with its trade policy, safeguard a level playing field with imports and provide the necessary assistance for a sustainable transition. Environmental sustainability cannot be disconnected from
social and economic sustainability, and this synergy goes together with incremental and pragmatic targets.

Agriculture and Progress – European Platform for Sustainable Agricultural Production
AnimalHealthEurope – European Animal Medicines Industry
AVEC – European Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade
Ceettar – European Organisation of Agricultural, Rural and Forestry Contractors
CEFS – European Association of Sugar Manufacturers
CEJA – European Council of Young Farmers
CEMA – European Agricultural Machinery Industry
CEPM – European Confederation of Maize Production
CEVI – European Confederation of Independent Winegrowers
CIBE – International Confederation of European Beet Growers
Clitravi – Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing Industry in the European Union
COCERAL – European association of trade in cereals, oilseeds, pulses, olive oil, oils and fats,
animal feed and agrosupply
Copa-Cogeca – European Farmers and Agri-Cooperatives
EBB – European Biodiesel Board
EDA – European Dairy Association
EFFAB – European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders
ELO – European Landowners’ Organization
European Livestock Voice – European Platform of the Livestock Food Chain (with the
support of its partner CARNI SOSTENIBILI)
ePURE – European Renewable Ethanol Industry
UECBV – European Livestock and Meat Trades Union
Euro Foie Gras – European Federation of foie gras
FEFANA – European Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures
FARM EUROPE – European Think Tank on Rural Economies
FEAP – Federation of European Aquaculture Producers
IBC – International Butchers’ Confederation
FEFAC – European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation

1 https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC121368
2 https://www.fas.usda.gov/newsroom/economic-and-food-security-impacts-eu-farm-fork-strategy
https://www.reuters.com/article/eu-grain-environment-idCNL5N2O54XD
https://hffa-research.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/HFFA-Research-The-socio-economic-and-environmental-values-of-plant-breeding-in-the-EU.pdf
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