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Joint letter by nearly 40 civil society organisations urges the European Commission to not further delay the publication of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy for sustainable food.

“The undersigned organisations strongly welcome the Farm to Fork strategy as it has the potential to build the foundations of a resilient, healthy, equitable, ecological and overall sustainable food system that is able to withstand future shocks, and create enabling food environments to advance healthy and sustainable diets for all.”

In face of the COVID-19 crisis, there has never been a more pertinent moment for the Commission to show that it is actively steering the EU towards a greener and healthier future, of which sustainable and resilient food systems are an essential part.

We are in the middle of a global health crisis that is testing the resilience of our societies. To now roll back an important EU initiative meant to build a healthy, sustainable and future-proof food system would be a blow to the expectations of Europeans.

It is vital not to give in to confusion: emergency measures to support farmers and ensure the availability of food today do not diminish, but rather enhance the need for a transformative food strategy for the future

Sascha Marschang

Secretary General (Acting), European Public Health Alliance