New cross-boundary EU food policy effort coordinated by DG SANTE
Within its European Green Deal, the new European Commission’s major ambition that has a direct impact on crop biodiversity is the cross-cutting “Farm to Fork Strategy”. The Strategy, which is coordinated by DG SANTE (special cross-cutting unit), but with ample contribution from different Directorate Generals (including ENVI, AGRI, and MARE), pursues several specific objectives : making food production more sustainable, stimulate sustainable food processing, promote sustainable food consumption, reduce food loss and waste, combat food fraud, seed commitments to ensure transition to sustainable food systems globally. Within the first goal that relates to sustainable food production, “seeds contributing to agricultural biodiversity and climate resilience” are directly cited in the latest leaked action plan. The plan directly refers to a revision of the seeds marketing legal framework to “facilitate variety registration and light market access of traditional and local adapted varieties” between 2020 and 2024. The Farm to Fork strategy will likely be adopted in Spring 2020. In the meantime, the European Commission has published its Roadmap, which is open for consultation until the 16th March on the Have your Say website.