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Parliamentary questions
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30 June 2020
E-003825/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Roman Haider (ID), Georg Mayer (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy:

Regarding the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy, which is supposed to bring about a ‘fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system’ (1) , the authors of this question believe that parts of this strategy are in conflict with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality.

1. The Commission has now announced, in connection with seed security, that it will focus on biotechnology and the ‘potential of new genomic methods’ Does this approach to seed security also include the use of classic ‘green genetic engineering’?

2. How does the Commission assess the compatibility of the recently published EU strategy for the conservation of biodiversity (2) , which will protect 30% of the European Union's land area and strictly protect 10% of its land area, making these areas in practice no longer usable for agriculture and forestry, with food security, since the population’s supply of food must be ensured through a sustainable food production system, particularly in times of crisis?

3. Does it consider the tax incentives set out in the section on promoting a sustainable food market and facilitating the transition to a healthy and sustainable diet compatible with the principle of subsidiarity, which also applies to tax harmonisation?

(1)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/En/TXT/?qid=1590404602495&uri=CELEX%3A52020DC0381
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal/actions-being-taken-eu/eu-biodiversity-strategy-2030_en
Original language of question: DE
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