The key demands outlined by the coalition of farming, environmental, development, consumer and public health groups included:

  • Prohibiting the use of agrochemicals on Ecological Focus Areas by putting in place an EU-wide ban
  • Not favouring the cultivation of nitrogen-fixing crops over other landscape features.
  • Ensuring a strong commitment from Member States to invest in advanced sustainability measures, such as organic farming and agri-environment-climate measures under new rural development programmes (RDP)
  • A guarantee that Member States are able to demonstrate to the Commission that there is no roll back on the positive RDP environmental and socio-economic outcomes resulting from past reforms.

European Public Health Alliance join other European food and farming NGOs in a call to policymakers to enhance agro-ecological, rather than agro-chemical oriented solutions to food and farming in Europe.

To learn more about why and how agro-ecology supports public health, as well as why it is important to align health and nutritional outcomes with the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU, see our other EPHA articles:

Last modified on April 22 2014.