Implementation of the European Green Deal
Europe aims to be climate neutral by 2050, by growing the economy through green technology, by creating a sustainable industry and by significantly reducing pollution. In the Green Deal, reference is made to a climate neutral and circular economy, to a methane strategy, as well as to improving air, soil and water quality, to producing healthier food and building a sustainable agriculture.
It is clear that a healthier and more sustainable EU food system is one of the main cornerstones of the Green Deal. Just considering the greenhouse gasses, agriculture accounts for about 15% of the total global production. Ruminants have a major share in this, given the methane they produce when digesting fibre in their rumen.
The Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F) will enable the transition to a sustainable European Union (EU) food system that safeguards food security and ensures access to healthy diets sourced from a healthy planet. The “Farm to Fork” Strategy is at the heart of the Green Deal.
The main targets as described in this ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy are:
- To reduce the use of chemical and hazardous pesticides by 50% by 2030
- To reduce nutrient losses in the environment by at least 50%, and the use of fertilizers by at least 20% by 2030
- To reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock and aquaculture by 50%
- And to promote organic farming, having as objective to use 25% of the total farmland for organic farming by 2030
All sectors of the economy will be required to focus on sustainability, to adopt environment friendly procedures and technologies and to innovate to serve this purpose.