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Thursday, 13 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Farm to Fork Strategy - the key role of farmers and rural areas (debate)

  Luke Ming Flanagan (GUE/NGL). – Madam President, a Farm to Fork Strategy, if done correctly and funded correctly, can be of great benefit to consumers and farmers alike. We can see a situation such as: labelling of meat such as beef, details of what the animal was fed, hours inside, carbon footprint, fertilisers used, price given to the farmer. This is an opportunity to differentiate between one type of beef or meat and another. Look at free range eggs. People currently go into a shop and they pay more for them. We can have the same thing with beef. The question is: how serious are the Commission about this, what money will they put into it?

The Commissioner mentioned it’s as important as security and defence. I would say it’s more important. I would say it is security and defence. You look at the multiannual financial framework (MFF), you look at our priorities. We see a 22 times increase in funding for weapons and death, bombs and bullets. In the MFF we are choosing fighting before feeding. We need to reverse that if we want to fund this and be serious about it.

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