Members of the JPI HDHL stakeholder advisory board: The European Technology Platforms (ETPs) ‘Plants for the Future’ and ‘Food for Life’ together with TP ’Organics’ published a policy brief with Research & Innovation recommendations to address the most pressing challenges facing primary production and consumer aspects in our food systems.
The policy brief was written in response to the European Green Deal and the Farm-to-Fork strategy of the European Commission. The Farm-to-Fork strategy will start a transition towards a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system in Europe. Research and innovation (R&I) are mentioned as key drivers in accelerating this transition.
In the report, the ETPs describe 4 main challenges for food systems:
- Climate change
- Biodiversity loss
- Consumer competence
To tackle these challenges, the ETPs recommend focussing R&I efforts on:
- Creating an environmental performance toolbox allowing farmers to make the best management decisions
- Smartly reducing pesticide use
- Improving consumer knowledge and choice on healthy and sustainable diets
- Designing diversified farming systems for diverse diets
If you’d like to know more, you can download the executive summary of the report here, a more exhaustive report will follow soon.