THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
warmly welcomes the "Farm to Fork" strategy, which, together with the "EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030", is at the heart of the European Green Deal and is essential to making Europe a climate neutral continent by 2050; emphasises that the two strategies must dovetail perfectly in order to limit the impact of food systems on the climate, sustainable environment and biodiversity, which requires sufficient budgetary support from the EU;
recommends that the future CAP, CFP, operational programmes and national CAP strategic plans be consistently adapted to the objectives set out in the European Green Deal, notably within the two strategies; in parallel with changes in agriculture, the shift to sustainable fish and seafood production also needs to be accelerated;
– in the context of implementing and framing the future CAP, it is essential that European regions be able to continue to perform their role as managing authorities in order to support the transitions as locally as possible and to ensure that the future strategic plans meet local needs;
– calls for greater emphasis to be placed on short supply chains and for recognition of the diversity of production systems across Europe, including alternative production systems, aimed at promoting local and regional forms of production, processing and marketing, based on nutritional quality and animal and environmental well-being;
– reiterates the importance of consumer food choices and eating habits as a key driver of food system change, supported by communication and awareness-raising campaigns;
– calls for more appropriate expiry information on food labels; urges the Commission to present ambitious legislation and binding targets on food waste prevention and reduction.