CELCAA, the European association representing European trade in agri-commodities and food, has taken due note of the publication on 20th May 2020 by the European Commission of its Farm to Fork Strategy. The Communication details regulatory and soft measures to achieve a more sustainable European food system and addresses responsibilities of all actors in the food supply chain.
The European agri-food trade is committed to playing its role in the fight against climate change and making the EU carbon-neutral by 2050 while contributing to the sustainability of food systems and food security in the European Union and worldwide.
As a starting point, CELCAA would like to remind that international trade and global supply chains have proven their resilience and ability to ensure the provision of diversified, high-quality and safe food and food and feed ingredients, despite the hurdles linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
CELCAA would also like to remind that the EU is the biggest exporting trading partner, representing 151.2 EUR billion in 2019 and demonstrating its crucial role in supporting the long term sustainability of the European agriculture. In parallel, the EU is second largest importing trading bloc worldwide, representing 119.3 EUR billion in 2019, crucial for the EU food security and agro-supply. CELCAA would like to share its preliminary assessment of the Farm to Fork Strategy