Parliamentary question - E-001529/2022Parliamentary question

War in Ukraine and food security: actions by the Commission to encourage urgent shift to plant proteins

Question for written answer  E-001529/2022
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tilly Metz (Verts/ALE), Sylwia Spurek (Verts/ALE), Francisco Guerreiro (Verts/ALE), Manuela Ripa (Verts/ALE), Anja Hazekamp (The Left), Eleonora Evi (Verts/ALE)

The war in Ukraine has severely affected imports of strategic agricultural resources, including crops and fertilisers. Although the disruption in imports is being painted as a food security crisis, it is crisis of one specific industry – intensive animal agriculture. In the EU, 20 % of cereals are used for human consumption and 60 % are fed to farmed animals. Moreover, EU animal agriculture is heavily export-orientated, with a significant number of animals raised and fattened for international markets, not for domestic consumption.

Instead of facing the issue head-on, vested interests are using this situation to undermine efforts to transition to a sustainable food system. Some Member States are even prioritising growing more animal feed to the detriment of biodiversity.

The solution to this crisis and future crises does not lie in further support for and expansion of resource-heavy industrial animal agriculture. To become resilient and climate-neutral, EU agriculture needs to move away from its heavy reliance on animal proteins and focus on plant proteins instead.

In the light of the above, will the Commission prioritise and encourage a reduction in meat consumption and a shift from meat promotion to the promotion of plant proteins, and speed up the development and implementation of policies under the farm-to-fork strategy?

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