Farm-to-Fork Strategy and other EU and WHO policies on sustainability
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Department of Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition, Ministry of Health, Athens, Greece
Publication date: 2022-05-27
Public Health Toxicol 2022;2(Supplement Supplement 1):A12
Sustainable dietary patterns are those that promote health and wellbeing at all life stages for present and future generations, while at the same time have low environmental impact. The sustainability of food systems is a global issue and food systems will have to adapt to face diverse challenges. The European Union’s Farm to Fork Strategy, published on May 2020, addresses the challenges of sustainable food systems and recognizes the link between healthy people, healthy societies and healthy environment. The goals of the Strategy are:
  1. To ensure that the food chain (from food production, transport, distribution, marketing till consumption), has a neutral or positive environmental impact;
  2. to reduce food loss and food waste;
  3. to ensure that every citizen in the EU has access to sufficient and nutritious food; and
  4. to ensure that ultimately the most sustainable food also becomes the most affordable.
Actions include new legislative proposals and revision of current legislation, as well as non-legislative actions such as codes of conduct. As part of the Strategy, the European Commission proceeds in revision of EU rules regarding food labelling, in order to help consumers make healthier and more sustainable food choices.
European Commission. COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS: A Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. Document 52020DC0381. May 20, 2020. Accessed Accessed April 28, 2022.
World Health Organization. Food systems delivering better health: executive summary. World Health Organization; 2021. July 29, 2021. Accessed April 28, 2022.
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