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Parliamentary questions
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17 February 2022
Question for written answer  E-000699/2022
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sarah Wiener (Verts/ALE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: True cost accounting of food products

Against the backdrop of mandatory food and origin labelling, the ecological crises and the exceeding of our planetary impact limits, the internalisation of the external costs of food production will become increasingly important. It is essential that we create long-term sustainable and equitable food systems.

The farm to fork strategy presents the introduction of real food prices, which reflect real production costs for farmers and also for the environment and society, as the most effective way to create long-term sustainable and equitable food systems.

1. Does the Commission plan to address the issue of differentiated VAT rates for foods with different health and environmental impacts for all Member States in the near future?

2. Does the it plan to launch a study in the near future (as mentioned in the farm to fork strategy) to quantify the environmental and societal costs associated with the production and consumption of the most widely consumed foods in the EU market?

3. How does it plan to approach the issue of true food pricing, and consequently higher food prices, and the affordability of food for consumers?

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