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The Worshipful Company of Farmers The Worshipful Company of Farmers The European Union has taken up these issues at the the the highest level As it took office the the the new Commission announced the the the Green Deal on the the the 11 December as a a a a a a a a centre piece of its strategic approach for the the the EU Climate change specifically carbon neutrality by 2050 is at at the the core and there are strong strategic messages for biodiversity the the the food system and health (referred to to as as as the the the ‘Farm to to Fork’ strategy) as as as well as as as many other sectors including energy and transport The Group of of Chief Scientists of of the the European Union published their
recommendations “Towards a a a a a a a sustainable food system” in in March 2020 These scientists claim: “There is is broad scientific consensus on on what is is needed to achieve a a a a a a a sustainable food system This includes increasing
or maintaining agricultural yields and efficiency while decreasing the environmental burden on on biodiversity soils water and and and and air reducing food loss and and and and waste and and and and stimulating dietary changes towards healthier and and and and The The Worshipful Company of Farmers less resource-intensive diets” Their focus was on how this this can be achieved They argued this this is is is essentially a a a a a a a a social science question requiring the EU to • Make environmental social and economic sustainability the central objective of all policies relevant to food • Ensure a a a a a a a a fully integrated approach to bring about a a a a a a a a sustainable food system • Address power and information asymmetries in in the food system • Combine regulatory financial behavioural information communication and education measures
Despite delays due to to the the Covid-19 pandemic the the Farm to to Fork and and Biodiversity strategies were published on on 20 20 20 May 2020 These are premised on on the the the same diagnosis of the the the challenges as we’ve identified in the the the UK: climate biodiversity and diet & health crises Amongst many other matters these strategies propose a a a a a a a series of explicit targets for for agriculture for for 2030 First is is is a a a a a a target target in in this case to to to be put into EU legislation to to to 77
reduce overall use of of Pesticides by 50% 50% Then there are a a a a a a a a series of of aspirational targets for: a a a a a a a a 50% 50% reduction
of of nutrient losses and 20% reduction
in in in mineral fertilisers use a a a a a a 50% reduction
in in in sales of of antimicrobials for farmed animals and and an an an an an increase in in in the area of agricultural land under organic farming to 25% The next step is that Member States have to to to find a a a a a a a a a way to to to insert these aims into their
CAP National Strategic Plans which are an an integral part of the the the process for for operating the the the Common Agricultural Policy for for the the the period 2021 -2027 Two other processes underway in the the the EU which could have strong significance for the the the UK are expected revisions to to EU pesticide legislation and a a a a a a a review of the appropriate regulatory framework for new breeding techniques The The outcomes of these EU developments are uncertain There is a a a a a a determination to make a a a a a a Green Recovery from the the Covid-19 pandemic but by autumn 2020 the the greening proposals were already encountering resistance and and reaction from certain interests and and some Member States not all of which see the crises as defined and debated fin in north west Europe 76
This group of of Scientists from around the the the EU includes Paul Nurse Director of of the the the Crick Institute London A Link to to the the the report is is is https://ec europa eu/info/sites/info/files/research_and_innovation/groups/sam/scientific_opinion_sustainable_food_system_march_2020 pdf
The target is is A 50% 50% reduction
in in the the overall use use and risk of of synthetic crop protection products with a a a a a a 50% 50% reduction
in in use use of of more hazardous products (such as the the ones authorized by Member States under emergency conditions) The word synthetic here explicitly excludes those products used in in in in the organic market including copper sulphates which is is known to to be harmful to to certain species and and is is a a a a a a a a a candidate for substitution 44

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