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How can the EU Farm to Fork strategy deliver on its organic promises? Some critical reflections

Moschitz, Heidrun; Muller, Adrian; Kretschmar, Ursula; Haller, Lisa; de Porras Acuna, Miguel Angel; Pfeifer, Catherine; Oehen, Bernadette; Willer, Helga and Stolz, Hanna (2021) How can the EU Farm to Fork strategy deliver on its organic promises? Some critical reflections. EuroChoices, online, x-x.

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Document available online at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/1746-692X.12294


The European Commission's Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy sets ambitious targets to transform the whole food system towards greater sustainability, but we are critical about its strong focus on technical innovations while neglecting the social and structural aspects in transforming food systems. Also, the target of 25 per cent of EU's agricultural land under organic production by 2030 can only be reached if policy measures go beyond production to include processing and retail, and develop the demand side; otherwise, we could witness collapsing markets with strongly decreasing farm prices. An Organic Action Plan needs to include flexibility for implementation, accounting for the respective national situations; and specific objectives for each farming sector should be formulated. The strategy's call for a ‘shift to healthy, sustainable diets’ needs a comprehensive approach, involving all relevant stakeholders, such as processors, retailers and consumers to identify the most suitable leverage points and support changes in consumption patterns and habits. The Member States need to equip their AKIS accordingly and educate advisors, researchers, knowledge brokers and others for the required change in attitudes and practice. With a view to the necessary comprehensive transformation, the AKIS should be extended to a Food and Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Farm to Fork, food systems, sustainability
Agrovoc keywords:
food systems
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Agri-food policy
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:39595
Deposited On:19 Mar 2021 10:34
Last Modified:19 Mar 2021 10:34
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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