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24.02.2021
Skadi Menne
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Effi­ci­ent, sus­tainab­le and resi­li­ent food systems

MEP lea­ding on Farm-to-Fork endor­ses modern hor­ti­cul­tu­re as a key to sus­tainab­le food pro­duc­tion – Webi­nar by Gro­wing Media Euro­pe (GME)

The vir­tu­al event was held on 28 Janu­a­ry as part of a GME Webi­nar seri­es with a spe­cial focus on the EU Green Deal. It scored with a high-level set of spea­kers, inclu­ding MEP Ulri­ke Mül­ler, Moritz Böcking, Mana­ging Direc­tor at Klasmann-Deilmann, and All­an Buck­well, Rese­arch Direc­tor at the RISE Foun­da­ti­on, accom­pa­nied by Ceci­lia Luet­ge­bru­ne, Secreta­ry Gene­ral of GME, and mode­ra­ted by Chris Davies, Seni­or Advi­sor at Rud Pedersen.

Dis­cus­sions explo­red the EU Farm-to-Fork Stra­te­gy ambi­ti­ons, and how modern hor­ti­cul­tu­re con­tri­bu­tes to its goals, espe­cial­ly rela­ted to:

  • Food safe­ty, secu­ri­ty & nut­ri­ti­on and quality
  • Cli­ma­te neutrality
  • Effi­ci­ent use of resources
  • Res­to­re biodiversity

The com­mon deno­mi­na­tor shared by the spea­kers was theneed for inno­va­ti­ve gro­wing tech­ni­ques to ensu­re effi­ci­ent, sus­tainab­le and resi­li­ent food sys­tems for all Europeans:

MEP Ulri­ke Mül­l­er­said that “modern hor­ti­cul­tu­re has the poten­ti­al to be a cor­ner­stone of sus­tainab­le food pro­duc­tion. It ticks several boxes with regards to redu­cing pres­su­re on the cli­ma­te and ecosystems.”Moritz Böcking­agreed say­ing: “Becau­se of cli­ma­te chan­ge, a lot of plants and food are now grown indoor. In the green­house, you´re using less water, less pesti­ci­des and less fer­ti­li­zers.” And Prof. All­an Buck­well sum­ma­ri­zed that “the­re is no doubt that the hor­ti­cul­tu­ral sec­tor will grow for diet and health reasons.”