Policy-making structures are often highly compartmentalized and ill-equipped to respond to the cross-cutting challenges in food systems. Diet-related chronic disease, food safety, marketing to children, labor conditions, wages for farm and food-chain workers, immigration, water and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and support for farmers: These issues are all connected to the food system. Yet they are mostly overseen by separate governmental bodies.
Increasingly, efforts are being made to overhaul and integrate the policy processes affecting food systems.
In Europe, IPES-Food has assembled a diverse array of food systems actors to work toward a 'Common Food Policy.' The vision, articulated in IPES-Food's report 'Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU', is to bring a range of poorly aligned policies (agriculture, trade, environment, development, food safety…) under one roof, to refocus them on clear and consistent objectives, and to drive a transition to sustainability.
Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU
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.
Q&A: Why does the EU need a Common Food Policy
A brief Q&A on why the EU needs a Common Food Policy
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