Why delivering more sustainable production and consumption will improve public health outcomes.
EPHA responded to the European Commission public consultation on “Delivering a more Sustainable Production and Consumption” highlighting that greater synergies between sectors are necessary, especially to address both sustainable development and social inequalities.
The main rationale behind participating in the consultation was the fact that sustainability is now recognised by the European Commission as a ‘European public good’ and should therefore be opened to scrutiny of people and civil society at large.
In addition, sustainable production and consumption – of products and services - is fundamental to the achievement of a sustainable development of the European Union as a whole. Using resources efficiently is also to contribute to the EU’s objectives on climate change, food and water security, social justice and fight against poverty, employment, public health, biodiversity and environment.
greater synergies between sectors like EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), public procurement policy, energy efficiency and resource sufficiency, environment, transport, housing are one of the issues considered vital for a comprehensive sustainability agenda, through its potential for reducing health inequalities and preventing many persisting and emerging chronic diseases, physical inactivity, mental ill-health, fighting poverty and social exclusion, advancing gender equity as well as boosting local and regional economies;
promotional information measures encouraging more sustainable production and consumption of products and services;
improving products and changing consumption patterns;
addressing markets and prices through shortening production-consumption link and food supply chain;
‘food-fit-for-consumption’ that would otherwise be thrown out could be redistributed to persons at-risk-of-food-poverty (as part of the EU Most Deprived Persons Scheme for instance);
addressing health, social and environment-harmful production subsidies and getting the prices right will have to be adequately addressed.
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