The European Commission on May 20 formally launched its comprehensive new biodiversity strategy to bring nature back into our lives, as well as its much-heralded Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The Commission claims that the two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future.
In line with the European Green Deal, the two strategies propose ambitious EU actions and commitments to halt biodiversity loss both in Europe and worldwide, the transformation of our food systems into global standards for competitive sustainability, the protection of human and planetary health, as well as the livelihoods of all actors in the food value chain.
The Commission believes that the Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated how vulnerable the increasing biodiversity loss makes us and how crucial a well-functioning food system is for society. The two strategies put the citizen at the centre, by committing to increase the protection of land and sea, restoring degraded ecosystems and establishing the EU as a leader on the international stage both on the protection of biodiversity and on building a sustainable food chain.