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Food Systems & NCD Prevention

Food is at the heart of well-being. But today’s dominant food system is unsustainable: it is eroding health, disrupting ecosystems and reinforcing socio-economic inequities. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the 21st century’s foremost health threat, responsible for the vast majority of premature deaths and diseases. NCDs are highly preventable.

EPHA advocates for policies to tackle the common risk factors to NCDs, and advance a transition towards resilient, sustainable food systems with health-enabling food environments. EPHA also takes part to STOP Obesity, once and for all.

CAP for Health

Farm to Fork


Preventing NCDs

Latest Developments


Policy briefing I Food Environments & EU Food Policy


Briefing I Diet and Food Systems for Health, Climate and Planet


Study I Product-based subsidies can increase supply of healthy foods


Paper I Public procurement for sustainable food environments

Analysis & Opinion



Food & agriculture

Contribution to the EU sustainable food systems framework law

Review of the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme – Roadmap 

AMR: Animal nutrition – modernisation of EU rules of feed additives 

Farm to Fork: EU farm and food products – review of policy on promotion inside and outside the EU – Public Consultation 

Farm to Fork: EU farm and food products – review of policy on promotion inside and outside the EU – Roadmap

Farm to Fork: EPHA submission on front-of-pack nutrition labelling

Farm to Fork: EPHA submission on nutrient profiles

Farm to Fork: contribution to the Code for responsible business conduct


NCD Prevention

Food labelling – revision of rules on information provided to consumers for alcoholic beverages

Taxation of tobacco products and new products 

Alcohol and tobacco bought abroad

Priorities on the Prevention Pillar of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan


Food & agriculture

Review of EU promotion policy for agricultural products

EU food supply and food security – contingency plan

EU methane strategy

Animal welfare – evaluation of EU rules

Pesticides – sustainable use

Long-term vision for rural areas

Organic agriculture action plan

NCD Prevention

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

Cross-border purchase of tobacco and alcohol

Tobacco taxation Directive update


EU strategy on the rights of the child (consultation)

EU strategy on the rights of the child (road map)

Children’s rights in relation to the digital environment

Digital Services Act – deepening the internal market and clarifying responsibilities for digital services


Evaluation of the CAP measures applicable to the wine sector

EU farm policy – impact on society and the economy in rural areas


Industrial trans fats in foods – setting a legal limit

VAT rates proposal

Consultation on CAP Strategic Plans

Evaluation of the EU agricultural promotion policy

EU promotion policy for agricultural products, 2019 Work Programme

A Protein Plan for Europe

Pollinators Initiative consultation

TRIS contribution – Irish Public Health Alcohol Bill


Evaluation of the impact of the CAP on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions

Modernising and Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

Initiative to improve the Food Supply Chain (Unfair Trading Practices)

Evaluation of the CAP measures applicable to the wine sector


What progress is made towards creating empowering food environments in Europe?


Towards a childhood free from unhealthy food marketing

9 November 2021

New opportunities for health in European food & agricultural policies

11 May 2020

Reinventing the food system

3 April 2019

Leveraging Healthy and Sustainable Diets Through Agricultural Policy Reform

12 June 2018

Make health your business

7 September 2017

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Do you have a question?

Meet our Food Systems & NCD Prevention Lead and Scientific Advisors.

Nikolai Pushkarev

Policy Coordinator
+32 2 233 3876

Dr. Aileen Robertson

EPHA Scientific Advisor on Nutrition Policy
Public Health Nutritionist, University College Copenhagen

Prof. Nick Sheron MD, FRCP

EPHA Scientific Advisor on Alcohol Policy
Professor and Head of Clinical Hepatology within Medicine at the University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital,

Prof. John Britton

EPHA Scientific Advisor on Tobacco Policy
Professor of Epidemiology; Director, UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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