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EPHA: Lost opportunity for public health and nutrition in EU farming and rural development policy

The EU Commission, Parliament, and Council of Ministers have reached an agreement to reform the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) post 2013. The new policy was intended to lead to many changes and in 2010, the EU Commission announced its vision to include public health and healthy nutrition in the policy.

However, EPHA who works on this issue, highlights that after almost three years of tough negotiations and debates between stakeholders, this progressive vision has been significantly watered down and many of its greening and pro-health provisions have been lost on account of reinforced status quo or business as usual for an industrialised European farming sector.

These decisions are a missed opportunity for the EU to response to the challenges of food and nutrition security and the rise of diet-related chronic diseases.

There are concerns that this new deal on what and how our food is to be produced will do little to support the EU’s overall objective of promoting inclusive growth by improving the nutritional health outcomes of the European population. The CAP is unlikely to put better nutrition for all at the heart of farming and food systems.

Originally posted on 23 July 2013

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