“From farm to fork, sustainable food for a healthy lifestyle”
From farm to fork, sustainable food for a healthy lifestyle
Much of what we consume every day comes from farms: from our milk, bread, honey, meat, fruit or vegetables to our seafood.
Europe’s 22 million farmers and agri-workers play a unique role in our society: they produce healthy, quality food for 500 million European Union citizens while taking care of the food security, welfare of animals, the environment and climate change and keeping the countryside alive.
Furthermore, the farming and the agri-foods industries today represent 44 million jobs and 6 % of European gross domestic product (GDP). Farmers therefore play a vital role in our economy and society: they are today entrepreneurs, using modern farming techniques and diversifying their activities.
That’s why Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy supports its farmers and helps them fulfilling these important tasks.
The European Union promotes digital innovation in agriculture and rural areas and invests in modern technology to tackle climate change at farm level and the wider rural community.
The European Union also makes sure that we can enjoy the safest sustainably produced food in the world.
Healthy food is part of a healthy lifestyle. At each stage of the food production chain, from farm to fork, the EU safeguards our health by
- ensuring that food and animal feed are safe and nutritious;
- preventing food contamination;
- ensuring a high level of animal health, animal welfare and plant protection;
- promoting food safety at all stages of the production chain;
- ensuring adequate and transparent information about the origin, content/labelling and use of food.
The EU also invests in food research and puts forwards measures to reduce food waste.
To find out more come and visit European Commission stand (Stand number: 5.C05): taste some European quality and organic products, challenge yourself with our quiz and explore our interactive food chain model!