Food and agricultureAgriculture of the future: solutions for sustainable food security and biodiversity
The European Green Deal requires the agriculture and food sector to accelerate a sustainable, ecological transition. This is to be achieved by reversing the decline in biodiversity, through resource-efficient management, significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector, significant reductions of pollutant emissions to soil and water, and by transforming the food system.
The EU promotes the development of new methods and processes that protect biodiversity and focus on human and animal health. Another important focus is on fair and environmentally friendly food systems, from primary production to consumption, following the EU’s FARM2FORK strategy. The use of nature-based, technological, digital and social innovations is supported. From this follows that the dependence on pesticides and antimicrobials must be reduced, promoting organic farming and providing consumers with affordable, safe, nutritious, healthy and sustainable food. Furthermore, a priority is the multifunctional and sustainable management of European forests. Coastal, urban and peri-urban areas should become more resilient and better connected. New governance models to implement Green Deal initiatives will be promoted, as well as knowledge exchange between communities.
To address all these challenges, the European Commission is funding cross-sectoral cooperation projects on a large scale.
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