The debate over the targets specified in the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F) has inevitably prompted extensive attention, both before and after the strategy was launched.
But the initial focus on the ‘numbers’ of the EU’s new flagship food policy – such as the percentage of cuts in pesticide, fertiliser and antibiotic use – drew the attention away from its constructive aspects.
This means the issue of how the F2F ambitions can be practically implemented has so far tended to be neglected.
However, with the targets set, questions are turning to how these can be achieved in practice.
It is time to move towards a solution-oriented approach, focusing on the ways in which food producers can achieve sustainability standards.
In this special report, EURACTIV.com explores the ways in which innovation and a well-balanced regulatory framework can help to cope with the trade-offs that every transition inevitably presents.
Agriculture stakeholders are calling on the European Commission to update the sustainable use of pesticides directive (SUD) and allow the use of drones for aerial spraying of pesticides.
Reconciling all the numerous policy areas involved in the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy within one coherent framework has become one of the toughest challenges in the implementation of the EU's new flagship food policy.
The EU's determination to become a global leader in sustainability will be matched by investments in solutions to deliver on the commitments set out in the EU's new food policy, Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Ensuring that food producers will be provided with the appropriate alternatives is the best way to make progress in meeting the specific objectives set up in the new Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), according to young European farmers interviewed by EURACTIV.
Géraldine Kutas, European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) Director General, discusses the industry's role in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity 2030 strategy