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Key issues

In general, SFYN argues that the focus of the global food system should be about good, clean and fair food production and distribution. This means that the CAP should direct its reforms at the production of affordable healthy food, taking into account the pressure food production puts on our global environment, animal welfare and Europe’s rural landscapes. It also means that small-scale producers can work under good working conditions and earn a fair pay for their products. The CAP should allocate less subsides to multinational companies and more to local food-producing communities.

SFYN wants to promote an open dialogue about the CAP. Moreover, the CAP does not only influence Europe’s food production, but also indirectly influences the consumption patterns of Europeans. Young consumers should make deliberate choices about what they eat and drink, based on clear and accessible information. SFYN argues that the CAP should be used as a means to stimulate a healthy and balanced food pattern for European youngsters in particular.

More specifically, SFYN has decided to focus on five issues that must be given priority in any future CAP scenario. Please click here to find the flyer in other languages!

1. Sustainability

Instead of a single focus on economic objectives, the new CAP should take environmental sustainability as its core value. In our view, the CAP should form the cornerstone of a food system that produces sufficient amounts of healthy food, while protecting or regenerating the environment rather than degrading it.

2. Innovation

Research must be done to understand how traditional knowledge and modern techniques can be integrated to develop innovative environmentally friendly agricultural practices. We can do this by funding projects to research alternative production methods such as agroecology, agroforestry, saline agriculture and permaculture.

3. Young people

A new CAP should invest in getting young people involved in food production and assist them to build a strong network connecting rural and urban communities. The policy should allocate money to training programs that allow young farmers to adopt innovative and environmentally friendly agricultural techniques.

4. Scale

Allowing a good balance between small, medium and large scale production through differentiated measures and ensuring that smallĀ­scale producers do not pay the price of tighter regulations designed mainly for largeĀ­scale producers.                                                                                                                              

5. Meat & dairy

A new CAP needs to address problems related to the production of meat and dairy. The reformed policy should start allocating fewer funds to the European meat and dairy production sectors, and contribute to the transition from the production of animal to vegetable proteins.


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