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The European Green Deal is a new growth strategy for Europe. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen outlined that “Our goal is to reconcile the economy with our planet and to make it work for our people,” she added, describing climate policy as Europe’s new growth strategy.

One of the main aims of the policy is to achieve a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.  The EU will aim to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The European Commission plans to review every EU law and regulation in order to align them with the new climate goals.

The European Commission has prepared three concrete actions that will offer a strong basis for the new deal. First, a Sustainable Europe Investment Plan; second, a proposed first ever European Climate Law; and third, a just transition fund to leverage public and private money with help of the European Investment Bank.

The Farm to Fork Strategy for Sustainable Food is a key component of the European Green Deal. The new strategy will aim for a green and healthier agriculture system by significantly reducing the use of chemical pesticides, fertilisers, and antibiotics.

European food is renowned for being safe, nutritious and of high quality and should now become the global standard for sustainability. This strategy sets out the regulatory and non-regulatory measures needed to create more efficient, climate-smart systems that provide healthy food, while securing a decent living for EU farmers and fishermen.

European farmers and fishermen will be key to managing the transition. The Farm to Fork Strategy will strengthen their effort to tackle climate change, protect the environment, and preserve biodiversity.

For further information, see the European Commission food safety webpage.

Source: NRN and European Commission

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