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Towards a Sustainable Food Systems framework law

In 2020, as part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission proposed a new Farm to Fork Strategy aiming to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally friendly. As part of this strategy, the Commission will develop a legislative proposal for a framework for sustainable food systems (SFS) before the end of 2023.

The Sustainable food systems law will be discussed during the third edition of the Think2030 conference on 30 June. A roundtable facilitated by IEEP and top speakers including EPHA (European Public Health Alliance) and IBMA (International Biocontrol Manufacturers’ Association) representatives, will gather European experts to discuss a brand new paper which identifies the key challenges that need to be overcome for such a proposal to enable the transition of EU food systems.

The paper focuses on 4 main questions:

  1. What are the main environmental and health changes needed to transform our food systems and what are the challenges that arise from such changes?
  2. In this context, how to define sustainability and the objectives of the law?
  3. What should be the architecture of the law, in particular to ensure coherence with other EU laws and policy?
  4. How to engage Member States, which have the competency over many food-related topics, through a multi-level governance framework?

The paper and the roundtable will provide an opportunity to discuss the level of ambition of this legislative proposal and how they are likely to translate into tough political discussions. It will also discuss and provide key recommendations on how progressive private actors (such as plant-based industries, biocontrol compagnies, etc.) and civil society actions should support counter arguments to empower the Commission to resist the pressure for the status-quo. Only then can the changes needed to move food systems towards greater sustainability and ensure long-term food security take place.

This paper build on a first report in which IEEP set out the pathways towards a legislative framework for sustainable food systems in the EU. This paper provided an analysis of the main challenges and outlined the role that a new legislative initiative might play and suggests some of the critical elements that it might contain.


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