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Is Europe food secure?

Food security is a major public health concern. While usually framed as a ’developing countries’ issue only, it is high time to start looking at the European situation as well. From the environmental and agronomic perspectives, Europe may well be undermining its ability to be food secure in the future. From a public health point of view, we can even doubt whether food security is achieved at this very day. This month EPHA participated in the panel of a joint European (...)

Traffic light labelling increases healthier food choices on a long term basis

Several recent studies on the ’traffic light system’ of food labelling show that this visual packaging warning on food products significantly affects the consumer’s choice in favour of healthier foods. Most importantly, traffic light labelling increases the right choices on a long-term basis with no evidence of label fatigue. The result of a US study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that traffic light labelling and product placement (...)

Food and agriculture priorities of the Italian Presidency of the EU

The Italian Presidency of the European Union has announced its political priorities in the field of food and agriculture to be focused on during the second part of 2014. Organic farming, a merger of the EU School Fruit and School Milk Scheme, works on the genetically modified organisms (GMOs) legislation, EU animal and plant health, as well as implications from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) top the Italian agenda. EPHA has been actively following the TTIP (...)

EPHA participates in meeting between Member States and Advisory Group on ’Fruit and Vegetables’ and EU School Fruit Scheme Experts Group

On 20 May, EPHA participated in a joint meeting between EU Member States (MS), DG Agriculture’s Advisory Group on Fruit and Vegetables and the EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS) Expert Group. The meeting was an opportunity to review the current SFS implementation period. A presentation given by DG Agriculture’s Unit dealing with the SFS, summarised the scheme’s current implementation period of 2013/2014 but also presented a couple of interesting findings from the 2012/2013 (...)

Eating Better Alliance publishes policy recommendations for promoting healthy diets

Eating Better Alliance - of which EPHA is a partner network - has published its new Policy Briefing outlining a set of recommendations to policy makers aimed at promoting healthy diets. Although the focus is national (UK), there is a strong European dimension to the solutions proposed, which are in line with EPHA’s advocacy messages of a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform to support an integrated food and agriculture policy and system. The article below is a modified version of (...)

European Parliament’s Sustainable Food Conference

On 2 April 2014 in Brussels, EU Food Sense, the European Parliament’s Cross-Party Sustainable Food Steering Group, with the help of the food waste campaign ’Feeding the 5000’, organised the European Parliament’s Sustainable Food Conference ‘The Commission’s imminent food policy: Sustainability or standing still?’ to discuss the European Commission’s upcoming Sustainable Food Communication and hear expert recommendations on how policymakers (...)

EPHA submits comments to draft political declaration in the run-up to FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition

In the run up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November 2014, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization opened a public consultation with interested stakeholders on its zero draft political declaration (otherwise known as the Rome Accord), to gather comments on its vision for health and nutrition, a sensitive global food and farming system. EPHA submitted its comments to the document. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United (...)

Civil Society urges President Barroso to reflect and re-focus on the Commission’s work on Sustainable Food

In light of the recent conference "Averting Farmageddon - Sustainable Food for All" co-organised by the Greek Presidency and the Compassion in World Farming, as well as the Commission’s long awaited Communication on Sustainable Food, civil society organisations wrote to President Barroso to urge that he reflect on current EU food production and consumption, especially from products of animal origin. As much as addressing food waste (is a predominant focus of the planned (...)

[Joint Press Statement ] EAT WELL, FEEL GOOD - Unified EU Programme to boost children’s fruit, vegetables and milk consumption?

5 February, Brussels - Following the publication of the Commission’s legislative proposal for the merger of the School Fruit Scheme (SFS) and the School Milk Scheme (SMS) (1), and while welcoming the Commission’s recognition of poor nutrition and the need to fight obesityin Europe’s schoolchildren, Freshfel Europe and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) call on the Council and the European Parliament to defend the identity and the objectives of the SFS and not (...)

[European Parliament Plenary - November 2013] Final vote on the Common Agricultural Policy legislative proposals

At this week’s plenary meeting in Strasbourg (18-21 November 2013), the European Parliament (EP) voted on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) legislative proposals. Four reports - on Direct Payments, Single Common Market Organisation (CMO), Horizontal Measures, and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development - presented a set of demands from democratically elected representatives of EU citizens on the CAP and its direction to steer what food; where and how is to be produced; (...)