Farm-to-Fork Strategie: Sustainable EU Agriculture by 2030
EU agriculture will (have to) change. The goal is sustainable food production by 2030.
The farm-to-fork strategy and the biodiversity strategy envisage halving the entry of pesticides and the use of antibiotics by 2030. The areas for organic farming are to be expanded to 25 percent and the use of chemical fertilizers is to be reduced by 20 percent.
For the EU sustainable food production is an ecological and economic must. Among other things, the EU wants to reduce pesticide use drastically and urges its Member States to focus more on new, innovative technologies in pest control.
This includes bioprotection.
Our association, the IBMA (International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association) continues to believe that solely limiting pesticides to reduce chemical farming will be insufficient. IBMA reminds to the importance given to bioprotection by the UN FAO: “Bioprotection can support food production, food security and nutrition while restoring the ecosystem services and biodiversity that are essential for sustainable agriculture.”
Bioprotection is already a reality in horticulture and specialty crops such as vines. And there are very promising examples on arable crops.
Bioprotection has the potential to speed and scale up its economic growth to support EU Green Deal ambition, to the benefit of farmers, countryside, consumers and the climate.