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Publication | 8 November 2019

Towards a Common Food Policy for the European Union

This report argues for a Common Food Policy for the European Union: a policy setting a direction of travel for the whole food system, bringing together the various sectoral policies that affect food production, processing, distribution, and consumption, and refocusing all actions on the transition to sustainability.

It highlights the conflicting objectives of existing policies, and the potential for new synergies to be established. The report maps out a new governance architecture for food systems, and puts forward a concrete vision of the policy reform and realignment that is required in order to deliver sustainable food systems.

The Common Food Policy vision draws on the collective intelligence of more than 400 farmers, food entrepreneurs, civil society activists, scientists and policymakers consulted through a three-year process of research and deliberation.

In early May, IPES-Food joined with thirty-three other leading campaign groups, farming organizations, and think tanks to call on the next European Commission President to put an EU food policy in place and European Commission Vice-President to be made responsible for ensuring the transition to sustainable food systems.

Towards a Common Food Policy for the European Union
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