EU Common Food Policy
Towards a Common Food Policy for the European Union: a three-year process of research, reflection, and citizen engagement
Over 2016-2019, IPES-Food is undertaking a collaborative process of research and reflection to identify what tools would be required to deliver sustainable food systems in Europe. The 'Common Food Policy' vision that emerges will offer a Plan B for the EU as it considers reforming the Common Agricultural Policy and other policy frameworks.
Through a series of multi-stakeholder ‘policy labs’ in Brussels and around Europe, the process will convene scientists, civil society groups, grassroots organisations and policy-makers from various governance levels. The process intends to bridge the different policy areas (agriculture, trade, environment, health, etc.) and different policy levels (EU, national, local) through which food systems are governed, identifying priorities for reform and bringing them together under a single roof. The sustainable food scoreboard that emerges will align various policies and incentives with the goal of delivering sustainable food systems, while building around the grassroots initiatives already reshaping food systems at the local level.
The EU Commission was formally invite to participate in this process through an open letter addressed to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker drafted by 10 leading experts on food systems. The letter called for a fundamental reexamination of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and parallel efforts to develop a joined-up food policy vision.
A concept note detailing this process can be downladed here.
IPES-Food co-chair, Olivier de Schutter, and founder of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini, published an op-ed on the need for Common Food Policy on March 2, 2017.