The next European Parliament and Commission will have to deal with a number of important issues related to the future of the European agricultural sector.
The discussion over the need for science-based decision-making in EU agriculture has taken centre stage in recent years, triggering strong reactions among the relevant stakeholders.
The agri-food industry says innovation is really needed in order to feed a rising population and simultaneously decrease the environmental footprint of intensive farming.
Moreover, several global studies have warned that the EU farming is lagging behind worldwide when it comes to innovation while the rise of the Green parties across Europe is expected to mount the pressure on policymakers.
The trade deal recently reached between the EU and Mercosur countries is devastating for European farmers and exposes the bloc’s double standards, Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General of the EU farmers and cooperatives’ association (Copa-Cogeca), told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
The rise of Green parties in the last EU elections has raised eyebrows in Brussels, where agriculture stakeholders try to find out what is next in the debate about the future of EU farming.
If we’re going to feed the planet sustainably by the middle of the century, the food has to come in much larger volumes from Asia and Africa, told EURACTIV.com in an interview Simon Winter, head of Syngenta Foundation.
The global environmental challenges are changing too fast and we therefore need speedy reactions too, including innovative plant breeding technologies and digitisation, Alexandra Brand, chief sustainability officer at agri-food giant Syngenta, told EURACTIV.com in an interview.