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Europe's Current Approach to Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Not Sustainable, say European National Science Academies
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: May 16, 2018 06:19PM

The European national science academies along with the InterAcademy
Partnership called for European policy-makers to urgently re-think their
approach to food and agriculture saying that Europe's current approach is
not sustainable.

During the launch of the report Opportunities and Challenges for Research on
Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture in Europe at the Palais des
Académies in Brussels on April 26, 2018, the national science academies said
EU policy makers need to implement a food systems approach to address
negative impacts of climate change on food systems and encourage healthy,
environmentally sustainable diets. The national science academies also
recommend using the latest agricultural practices and technologies that
could serve sustainability, which remains critical to the future of food in
Europe. They call on European policy makers not to stall on technology,
including the products based on genomics innovations.

"A food systems approach is critical to tackling some of the most pressing
issues of our day, such as climate change, sustainable land and water use,
food waste, and of course human health," said Professor Joachim von Braun,
Co-Chair of the EASAC-IAP project on food and agriculture, and Director of
the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and Professor of Economic and
Technological Change at the University of Bonn.


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