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8 June 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Francisco Guerreiro (Verts/ALE), Tilly Metz (Verts/ALE), Bas Eickhout (Verts/ALE), Yannick Jadot (Verts/ALE), Caroline Roose (Verts/ALE), Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL), Michal Wiezik (PPE), Sylwia Spurek (S&D), Maria Noichl (S&D), Petra De Sutter (Verts/ALE), Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE), Thomas Waitz (Verts/ALE), Claude Gruffat (Verts/ALE), Pär Holmgren (Verts/ALE), Alice Kuhnke (Verts/ALE), Jakop G. Dalunde (Verts/ALE), David Cormand (Verts/ALE), Nikolaj Villumsen (GUE/NGL), Malin Björk (GUE/NGL), Sarah Wiener (Verts/ALE), Klaus Buchner (Verts/ALE), Eleonora Evi (NI)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Farm to Fork Strategy: exclusion of meat and dairy-related measures from the final roadmap

The Commission announced that the Farm to Fork Strategy would revolutionise the way we produce and consume food in the European Union. The strategy’s roadmap recognises that ‘agriculture is responsible for 10.3 % of the EU’s GHG emissions and nearly 70 % of those come from the animal sector’. In an earlier version of the strategy, leaked ahead of publication, the Commission proposed very progressive measures to change production and consumption patterns in order to curb the environmental impacts of livestock production. Nevertheless, most of these measures have not been included in the final version. Why did the Commission:

1. Replace the statement that it ‘will propose to stop stimulating production or consumption of meat’ with ‘In relation to meat, that review should focus on how the EU can use its promotion programme to support the most sustainable, carbon-efficient methods of livestock production’?

2. Replace ‘less meat’ with ‘less red and processed meat’ in the sentence: ‘A dietary change towards a more plant-based diet and less meat will not only reduce risk of life-threatening diseases such as cancer, but also reduce the environmental impact’?

3. Exclude the extension of mandatory front-of-pack origin labelling to milk, as well as milk and meat used as ingredients?

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