Open letter on the Farm to Fork strategy to achieve sustainable food systems
People in the EU have made unprecedented calls for change throughout 2019, demanding climate action, environmental protection, improved animal welfare and social justice. Food systems are pushing us across ‘planetary boundaries’, driving diet-related diseases and failing to deliver decent livelihoods in the EU and beyond: they are therefore at the heart of the change that citizens are demanding.
EU policies, and in particular the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), have so far failed to drive a transition towards sustainable food systems. We therefore welcome the upcoming ‘Farm to Fork’ (F2F) Strategy, which represents a crucial opportunity to provide a coherent response to societal concerns about biodiversity, climate change, health, income of all workers in the food chain, social equity and animal welfare, amongst others.
We are concerned, however, that the European Green Deal does not reflect the urgent, systemic changes needed in our food system, nor contains concrete commitments to drive a fundamental transition.
HEAL among many other organisations call for the negotiators of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation to reach an agreement on a robust approach to address substances of concern in
packaging materials in the ongoing discussions.
HEAL and the European Environmental Bureau sent a joint letter to permanent representatives and ambassadors to the European Union with regards to the trilogue negotiations about the reform of the EU regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals (CLP), calling for promotion of protective hazard identification and labelling processes of chemicals.