A healthier and more sustainable EU food system is a cornerstone of the European Green Deal to:
- Make sure Europeans have access to healthy, affordable and sustainable food.
- Tackle climate change.
- Protect the environment and preserve biodiversity.
- Ensure a fair economic return in the supply chain.
- Increase organic farming.
- Pesticides in agriculture contribute to pollution of soil, water and air. The Commission will take action to reduce the use and risk of chemical and more hazardous pesticides by 50%.
- The excess of nutrients in the environment is a major source of air, soil and water pollution, negatively impacting biodiversity and climate. The Commission will act to reduce nutrient losses by at least 50%, while ensuring no deterioration on soil fertility, and reduce fertiliser use by at least 20%.
- Antimicrobial resistance linked to the use of antimicrobials in animal and human health leads to an estimated 33,000 human deaths in the EU each year. The Commission will reduce the sale of antimicrobials for farmed animals and in aquaculture by 50%.
- Organic farming is an environmentally-friendly practice that needs to be further developed. The Commission will help the EU’s organic farming sector to grow, with the goal of 25 % of total farmland being used for organic farming by 2030.