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Monday, 31 March 2014

Tomorrow’s challenge to feed the world sustainably

The EU should 'think big' and face tomorrow’s challenge to feed the world sustainably, argue the presidents of the Dutch and Danish farm organisations. To do so, an EU business policy for the agro-food sector and common European standards for sustainable foods are very much needed, they write.
With the increased size of the world population – every day we are 140,000 more – our challenges have increased as well. Fortunately, in most countries of the world, farmers have caught up with the demand for more food until now, and farmer’s cooperatives have delivered agricultural products to consumers of ever higher quality and consistency, whilst improving animal welfare and reducing the environmental impacts per unit of production.
Huge investments in modern agriculture have rendered this positive development possible, and every day, we continue to strive for enhanced resource efficiency. In doing so, pace is still a choice, yet, the direction towards an ever more sustainable and intensive agricultural production is a necessity; Earth’s supply of resources is challenged.
In particular, the increased world population generates an expansion of cities and infrastructure networks in the country side that puts a strain on the availability of fertile land. With climate change, land scarcity is set to be exacerbated as major areas will experience a decline in productivity due to extreme weather events such as draught or flooding.
Hence it becomes a moral imperative to increase production on remaining arable land in order to cater to the demand for ever more and better food, which is sought by an ever richer world population – each minute some 100 people (97 to be precise or 340,000 a day) are lifted out of poverty to join the new middle class, essentially in emerging countries in Asia and Africa. They demand a better diet, and it would be immoral to deny them proteins previously more exclusively consumed in the west.
In May, Europeans will head to the pools and elect a new European Parliament. In the coming months we will see the installment of the next European Commission. Alongside the national ministers in the Council, our policy makers will be responsible for putting the EU on a sustainable track towards the future; they will fail if they get it wrong on agriculture and food production. So we urge them to be ambitious and move ahead with a new business policy for the agro-food sector, which will help us generate ever more jobs and exports, at the benefit of sustainability and European competitiveness.
Source: Euractiv